Daisy Award for extraordinary nursing announced at Northwest Health – La Porte: Melissa Brajacki

Daisy Award for extraordinary nursing announced at Northwest Health – La Porte: Melissa Brajacki

Northwest Health has announced the newest recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Cardiac Cath Lab nurse, Melissa Brajacki, RN, of Northwest Health – La Porte, received the Daisy Award after a patient’s family wrote a heartwarming nomination about the care she provided to their mother and their family. 

The family shared that Brajacki was “more than welcoming to them” when their mother underwent a high risk procedure.  She worked with the family to make it possible for each of the patient’s adult children to see her before undergoing her procedure yet still comply with the current visitor guidelines.  The children’s father was able to see his wife, the patient, and the physician was able to describe the procedure and explain the risks to him.  Brajacki took the time to pray with the patient and her husband. The nomination stated, “She treated us like her own family.”

The hospital praised Brajacki’s efforts to go above and beyond to meet the patient’s needs, which included communicating with her family.  

The DAISY Award was established to celebrate the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day.  Nurses may be nominated by employees, patients, and hospital visitors. 

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Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance service, and physician offices. A team of more than 3,000 employees work together with the more than 700 physicians on its medical staffs.  Northwest Health - Porter is owned in part by physicians. For more information, visit NWHealthIN.com.