Press Release

May 6, 2010   
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jan Iverson, Chief Nurse Executive, 360-814-2190

On National Nurses’ Day: Skagit Valley Hospital honors longtime nurse Gelland Haagsma, RN with “Daisy Award”

MOUNT VERNON – In recognition of National Nurses’ Day, Skagit Valley Hospital’s honored longtime Family Birth Center Nurse Gelland Haagsma, RN today with “The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.”

Haagsma joined Skagit Valley Hospital as an LPN in 1972 and in 1983 graduated as a Registered Nurse, working ever since at the Mount Vernon hospital’s Family Birth Center.

“Gell loves working with the labor patients and her patients love her,” said Pat Proctor, RN, Director of the Family Birth Center. “She loves being a nurse and bringing babies into this world.”

The Daisy Award is a national program to recognize nurses and was founded by a family who experienced outstanding nursing care for their son. More than 6,000 nurses have received recognition nationwide since the program’s inception in 1999.

Haagsma received a certificate, pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe titled “A Healer’s Touch.”

Haagsma was among 16 nurse nominees for the first award given at Skagit Valley Hospital.

The additional nominees are:
Jan Sundstrom, RN, Emergency Department
Janine Gonzales, RN, Special Observation Unit
Chris Nerland, RN, IV Therapy
Michelle Libbey, RN, Perioperative Services
Michelle Koetje, RN, Case Management
Mark Dodds, RN, Care Center
Lucia Cullup, RN, Orthopedic and Surgical Care
Jeanie Schemm, RN, Operating Room
Tracey Schafer, RN, Regional Cancer Care Center
Patsy Good, RN, Skagit Valley Kidney Center
Sue Gatti, RN, Progressive and Critical Care
Nikki Beal, RN, Medical and Pediatric Care
Jerry Kelly, RN, Endoscopy
Juanita Wolf, RN, Medical and Observation Care
Kelsey Connolly, RN Cardiac Catheterization Lab