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Pomerene Hospital nurse is honored

Allison Sommers receives Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: March 11, 2017 5:00 AM
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MILLERSBURG -- Getting recognized for doing your job, when other's see you doing it especially well, is what the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses is all about.

That is why it should come as no surprise to the staff at Pomerene Hospital that veteran nurse Allison Sommers was honored with the Daisy Award in a surprise ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Pomerene Hospital.

"I've done this for 18-1/2 years, and day in and day out, do basically the same thing," Sommers said. "It can get old and monotonous sometimes. To be recognized for the whole reason I'm a nurse to begin with, which is making a positive impact on people's lives, is great. I think this is a great award. It really boosts your morale.

"When I saw so many family members, I definitely knew something was up," Sommers continued. "Nobody said anything, but you could tell when something is just a little bit off. People were acting just a little bit different. When I came around the corner and saw all this, I was speechless."

Sommers was nominated by a family who saw that their father was in great hands when they brought him to Pomerene Hospital.

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Tony Snyder, chief executive officer of Pomerene Hospital, shared the nominating letter:

"My father has lewy body dementia; he fractured his hip and was having a partial hip replacement. We live three hours away, and my dad is very hard to deal with. The lewy body makes him violent. He can't hear and is almost non-verbal. When we arrived on the floor, our hearts were breaking. She jumped from her seat, and was so positive, comforting and assuring, I knew that second having her as his nurse was good, she was so caring and interested in learning about my dad. I felt so comfortable with her care that we left to eat and get a hotel. I knew he was fine while she was caring for him. She remembered our names, was very informative, and was knowledgable. When we arrived back in the room, she had placed a radio so that the sound would soothe him. I have been in many hospitals, from Ruby Memorial in West Va., Cleveland Clinic, and Columbus, but I have never met a nurse that had the impact on me or my family. The whole floor was happy and chatty. I could not ask for a better hospital or a better nurse than Allison."

Snyder gave a little history about the Daisy Award.

"The Daisy Award was started in memory of one patient, Patrick Barnes, who was hospitalized for months," said Snyder. "His family, being with him all that time, was awe-struck by all of his caregivers, especially his nurses. In his memory, they started the Daisy Foundation and the Daisy Award."

Snyder remembers when Chief Nurse Nicole Kolacz wanted to do something to recognize her nurses for the fine job they do.

"It was a slam dunk in my mind, because you think of our brand of care, and it matches up perfectly with the Daisy Award," Snyder said. "With I am Pomerene, our employees become the reputation of Pomerene. And that reputation is for compassionate care and commitment to their patients. Please join me in congratulating Allison Sommers."

Kolacz was grateful to see her nurse get recognized.

"Our employees are our brand," she said. "The nurses spend the majority of time with our patients. We're very proud of the great care they give, the high level of compassion and caring they provide. It's nice to see them being recognized for the things they do every day."


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