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Molly Cardwell Honored with Fall DAISY Award

Twice a year, KSB recognizes outstanding nurses within our organization through the DAISY Award. This year’s nominees included fourteen nurses – Shannon Beetz, Molly Cardwell, Ashley Clark, Taylor Freed, Kelly Gabucci, Judy Heald, Amanda Hicks, Tiffany Hummel, Renee Kalata, Emily Kruger, Sarah McCloud, Carly McGee, Destiny Medina, and Kennedi Palmer.

While the current COVID-19 regulations didn’t allow for a typical DAISY dinner, Chief Nursing Officer, Linda Clemen stressed the importance of holding a celebration to recognize our hardworking nurses, especially during these times. A small gathering was held for each of the nurses, where their nominations were shared before being presented with their DAISY certificate and a tray of cinnamon rolls to share with their department.

An extra special Teams meeting was arranged to honor this year’s winner, Obstetrics Nurse, Molly Cardwell. Over the years, Molly has been nominated seven times for the DAISY Award and continually recognized for the outstanding role she plays in helping women throughout their labor and delivery. “Molly is so deserving of this award. She exemplifies patient-centered nursing every shift she works. She is professional, kind, and is always willing to lend a hand. She is a role model in the OB department and is highly respected by her colleagues,” praised OB Director, Gwen Strum.

Molly’s nominator wrote the following:

“My daughter’s birth story turned out to be about the exact opposite of what I’d hoped for and resulted in a code white being called due to me hemorrhaging and becoming unstable. Thankfully, my daughter and I both made it through the experience safely and it is all because of my care team.

I am so lucky and blessed that Molly was my nurse that day. Her calm demeanor and expansive knowledge was comforting in a situation that was so foreign and scary for me. Molly took control of the situation and coached me exactly how I needed at all steps of the delivery process.

After being induced 3 days before actually delivering and spending 16 hours in active labor, I was so exhausted that I could barely stay awake between pushes when delivery time came. Molly was soothing and helped me know when to push while encouraging me the whole way through. When my baby became stuck and started to show signs of severe distress, Molly worked seamlessly with Dr. Bocker to make sure my baby came into this world as safely as possible.

I have never before experienced having to completely surrender my body and well-being to those around me, but knowing Molly was leading the way, I was able to mentally remove myself from the situation and let her and the rest of the care team take over. Molly is an incredible nurse and a monumental gift to the OB department at KSB.

Although I feel she went above and beyond to take the absolute best care of me, I can also tell this is how Molly treats all the patients who are fortunate enough to meet her. My birth story may not have gone how I hoped it would, but I was gifted the best OB nurse who I will remember for the rest of my life for making all the difference in the most important moment of my life.”