Thornton, CO — At a special surprise ceremony this week, North Suburban Medical Center honored Pamela Lowe, RN on the Labor and Delivery Unit for providing extraordinary patient care by presenting her with the DAISY Award for nursing excellence. The award is part of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation's international program to recognize the compassionate efforts nurses perform every day.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at North Suburban Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Lowe was nominated directly by three of her former patients at North Suburban.

One of the nominations for Lowe noted, "Pam reassured me everything would be ok and when she saw me up and walking, she had genuine joy that I was ok, and she even gave me a hug."

Another nomination reads, "All of my nurses were amazing, but I feel that Pam went the extra mile….She truly loves her job no matter how hard it may get, and she shows it well…She did an amazing job."

The third nomination for Pam noted, "She was absolutely phenomenal! Compassionate with a sense of humor. She took such great care of me and my baby."

Lowe has been a nurse for 36 years and has been a nurse at North Suburban since then. She has helped thousands of families over the years - helping many women deliver babies and in some cases, has also been there to help families grieving the loss of a newborn.

"For a single nurse to receive three nominations this quarter alone, is a testament to the care you are providing for our patients," said Angie Voigt, chief nursing officer at North Suburban Medical Center. "There is no doubt in my mind that there are many, many patients who are grateful for you and the care that you have given them. We are blessed to have you here."

DAISY Awards are given at presentations in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." 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." The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The DAISY Foundation was created in honor of Patrick J. Barnes, who enjoyed cinnamon rolls towards the end of his life, so the DAISY award ceremonies at North Suburban Medical Center include cinnamon rolls as a special nod to his life.

DAISY nominations are accepted in person at North Suburban Medical Center and nominations can also be made online.