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Four nurses at PRMC earn an award

Childbirth is a life-altering experience, and having the right care team can make a big difference. A patient who was going through her first labor experience was extremely grateful to her team of nurses that got her through a challenging birth, and her nomination earned them the Daisy Award for Exceptional Nurses.

Nurses Courtney Powell, Kim Bell, Erin Howard, Beth Fleming and Leigh Ann Passon were all recognized with the award. "The nurses were amazing and very reassuring when I was nervous," the nominator said. "During my labor, my daughter's heart rate dropped and she didn't descend down the birth canal." Powell and Bell held the patient's hand during her epidural and labor. "It's nurses like them who make scary situations better," the patient said. Fortunately, the baby was quickly delivered and was very healthy; however, mom experienced some complications. "Once I was moved to the Mother-Baby Unit, my tachycardia took over. With a pulse rate over 230, the nurse quickly called a rapid response, and within a minute, I had 15 people and an anesthesiologist at my bedside. After an EKG, they administered a medication that brought me down to a safe heart rate." As she recovered, nurses Howard, Fleming and Passon took extra care to ensure this new mother would make a full recovery. "They came to check on me every hour. The care I received was outstanding, like I was their family. Without this team, I surely would not he here today."

The group of nurses was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before their colleagues. They received certificates commending them for being extraordinary nurses. 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." They were also presented with fresh flowers on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit and share a story.