Sondra Heidenreich, RN is the October Daisy Award Recipient at Perry Memorial Hospital. She received the award, Wednesday, October 17, surrounded by her family and co-workers.
Sondra’s smile is a warm welcome to patients who are staying on the Family Acute Care Unit at Perry. The nomination submitted highlights her ability to demonstrate compassionate care during the patient’s multiple stays. Sondra understood the patient’s fear and provided Kleenex each time tears began to roll down the patients face from pain and frustration of having another stay at Perry. The nominator shared, “I was the one who felt like I was the only person she had to take care of. You just don’t get that kind of care I received everywhere and that kind of love showed throughout my entire stays. I couldn’t have had an easier stay without her.”
Life has a way of evolving and Sondra was exploring new careers after her kids moved onto adulthood. Sondra joined Perry as a CNA in September 2008. She began taking night classes at Sauk Valley Community College and considered a radiology degree. After researching her options she chose to purse a nurse career. Perseverance is Sondra’s strength and after four years of one to two classes at a time, she graduated from SVCC in 2009 as registered nurse. She says, “The most rewarding part of her job is to help make patients comfortable during their stay.”
During the ceremony, Sondra received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe titled “A Healers Touch” and a Spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation website honoring her efforts.
The non-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues alike. The DAISY award is presented in deep appreciation and admiration of compassionate care. Each quarter, a committee of nurses at Perry chooses the winner from the pool of nominations. A surprise announcement is held in honor of the winner in front of colleagues, physicians, patients and guests.
To nominate a Perry Memorial Hospital nurse, visit www.perrymemorial.org for more information.