Evangelical Community Hospital Awards DAISY Honor for Nursing Excellence to Kimberly Oberlin, RN, BSN

August 28, 2023


Kimberly Oberlin, RN, BSN, was presented the DAISY Award on Thursday, August 17, 2023. The award is presented to a deserving nurse who exemplifies clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the nursing community.

Oberlin was nominated for the award by Deedee Tanner, who is the wife of patient, Glenn Tanner. Oberlin was presented the award surrounded by her fellow coworkers, Hospital and Nursing leadership, as well as her in-laws.

In the nomination, Tanner shared, “This nurse loves what she does, it is not just a job!”

Tanner’s husband, Glenn, was brought into the Emergency Department on a Friday evening where he was then admitted to the Center for Orthopaedics Inpatient Unit. Tanner continued her nomination saying, “The care Glenn received was superior to other hospitals! Kim was so compassionate and caring. She soothed our fears and explained all the tests and procedures. Every time something good would happen, she would cheer Glenn on. Kim made such a difference for us at a really scary time. I hope the younger nurses learn from her example. I feel because of Kim’s care, Glenn kept fighting.”

Oberlin has been an Evangelical employee serving as an RN in the Center for Orthopaedics Inpatient Unit since April 2023.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in California by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in his memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

Evangelical is proud to be a DAISY Award partner. Nurses are nominated by patients, family members of patients, as well as other healthcare professionals. Nominations are presented for consideration through a process of anonymity. The winner is then selected by a board of healthcare workers. Each DAISY Award Honoree is given a DAISY Award pin, a certificate of honor, a gift card from Service First Federal Credit Union, and a stone sculpture entitled, A Healer’s Touch, handcrafted by a tribe in Zimbabwe.

Nominations for the DAISY award can be made by patients, patient family members, colleagues, and providers. If an Evangelical Community Hospital nurse has displayed extraordinary clinical expertise and compassion, visit www.DAISYnomination.org/ECH and fill out a nomination form.

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