Ashley Ganger, a registered nurse who divides her time between Goshen Hospital’s Emergency Department and NeuroCare Center Goshen Physicians, received two nominations for Goshen Health’s DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award. The award is part of an international program to honor and celebrate the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.
The first nomination from Jessica Cripe described the care her son received in Emergency: “She went above and beyond. My son had to visit the ER. He was hysterical because he was afraid of what they were going to have to do to him. Ashley came in and calmed him down. She was calm and compassionate. She could tell certain things were going to upset him more and she avoided those words while still being informative and communicating what was going to happen. When I needed to use the restroom, my son was afraid to be alone. I asked if she would stay with him while I went. She didn’t hesitate and said ‘absolutely.’ As I was coming back, I could hear her chit-chatting with my son. I asked my son what they talked about and he said ‘life and just general stuff.’ After leaving, my son said, ‘I’ve never had a nurse that nice that seemed to really care.’ … If we ever have to visit the ER again I hope she is there and is our nurse.”
The second nomination was from Deb Detweiler, who wrote, “From the minute Ashley came into the room I felt better. She was calm, so I could be calm. Never a question that I was in good hands. We had some of the same life experiences and it was real, not just words to pass the time. I was treated well from the moment I got there until the moment I left by everyone I came into contact with, but she stands out.… Her confidence and caring made my experience so much easier.”
To nominate a nurse at Goshen Health for the DAISY Award, go to GoshenHealth.com/About-Us/DAISY-Award. The DAISY Foundation (who promotes and distributes the awards) was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. To learn more, visit DAISYFoundation.org.