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Carol Bell, RN, OCN, has earned the Daisy Award at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work. The award recipient for August is Carol Bell, RN, OCN (oncology nursing certified) of Peninsula Regional Oncology and Hematology. Her nomination described how she treated the nominator's father, who has cancer, and his family with care and compassion. "Carol Bell has been an integral part of my father's care throughout the entire process. She has met with us several times, explaining treatments and side effects in an understandable manner. She is always pleasant and compassionate, and sets a wonderful example for all nurses to follow," the nominator wrote. "I can imagine caring for cancer patients, getting to know them and their families and then seeing them sometimes lose the battle is extremely hard to deal with on many levels. My great thanks on behalf of my father, who really likes Carol's manner, myself and my family to this outstanding nurse. I hope she knows what a difference she has made." Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional's nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit "We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day," said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D'Amico. "It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued." 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. President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, "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 PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."