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TOMAH — Registered nurse Abbey Rose’s passion for patient care prompted Tomah Memorial Hospital officials to select her as the hospital’s first recipient of a DAISY Award, a nationally recognized honor.

Rose, who works in the hospital’s New Beginnings Birth Center, became one of 17 nominees at TMH in part because of a nomination from a patient.

“My son’s birth was an amazing experience, and Abbey was a huge part of that,” the woman wrote in the nomination form. “She will forever hold a special place in my heart for the role she played that day.”

Rose, who has been a registered nurse at Tomah Memorial for nine years, started her career there as a certified nursing assistant in 2005 and now is a patient care coordinator.

Asked what she enjoys most about nursing, Rose cited “the hands-on that I have with the patients — the personal connection that I can make with them as soon as they walk through the door, knowing that they are usually at their worst moment, and I’m able to help them through that.”

Tracy Myhre, Tomah Memorial’s chief nursing officer, said Rose “has a passion for nursing and always takes any opportunity that she can to promote nursing and talk about the value that nurses bring to health care.”

Tomah Memorial began accepting nominations for the award in the spring, and a five-member hospital committee chose her from among 17 nominees.

The nonprofit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., created the award in memory of family member J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little-known, but not uncommon, autoimmune disease. The care he and his family received inspired the award, said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation.

As part of the recognition, Rose’s name will be added to the national DAISY website.

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