5/6/2021 (Big Bear Lake, Ca) – Anthony Monge, RN of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
The nomination submitted read: “Anthony Monge showed expertise and skill while taking care of a patient that coded in the Emergency Department. Although it was an extraordinary team effort, and everyone worked like a well-oiled machine, Anthony showed leadership, respect and genuine care while performing resuscitative efforts. The patient coded multiple times, and each time he responded in a professional and calm manner. He was also mentoring other nurses that day. After the patient was resuscitated and speaking again, he promised the patient to care for his dog that even the patient’s girlfriend was afraid to do. Anthony collaborated with the patient’s girlfriend and the patient’s neighbor. In the following days, Anthony drove the patient’s belongings to the hospital off the mountain to ensure the patient had his cell phone and personal items for comfort. He followed up with the patient thereafter, first ensuring he made it out of the cath lab, his progress in the ICU, and finally when the patient was extubated. Anthony showed genuine care and compassion the entire way and made a difference not only through life-saving measures, but provided comfort to the patient’s mind by ensuring the patient’s dog was cared for. Anthony deserves recognition for many patient interactions and continuous actions. This is a standout example of going above and beyond and I am proud to recommend him for the DAISY award.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at BVCHD are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Said Kerri Jex, Chief Nursing Officer of BVCHD, “We are pleased to present the DAISY award to Anthony Monge, RN. Anthony has excellent clinical skills, provides leadership to our nursing staff, and serves his patients and their families with great care and compassion. Anthony consistently goes above and beyond in his work and has shown dedication during extreme times this past year with the pandemic. Thank you to Anthony, and to all of the nursing staff at BVCHD, who work so hard to deliver exceptional care.”
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