Bradenton (SNN TV) Nov. 15, 2022  – Earlier this year a man was thousands of miles away from home.  He was severely injured in a tragic accident and suffered burns to almost half his body. The patient was taken to HCA Florida Blake Hospital, one of only six burn units in the state of Florida and the only one in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The patient spent several weeks in the burn intensive care unit (ICU) and the team of caregivers there helped the patient and his family both physically and emotionally. The patient’s family was very grateful saying, “God chose us to come to you because you are all the best and you have all made this experience, thousands of miles away from home, a great one.”

According to HCA Florida spokes person Monica Yadav, even after the patient was able to be transferred out of the burn ICU, the team continued to visit him, help his wife and daughter and made sure he had a special 60th birthday celebration while still in the hospital. They groomed his beard and got his favorite key lime pies and steak for his birthday celebration. Because of their outstanding care for this patient and the many others they care for, the team was recently recognized with the DAISY Team Award. This is an international recognition award program that honors nursing teams for their skills and compassion. Nursing teams that go above and beyond the traditional role of nursing achieve this high honor.

“We are very fortunate to have this team of caregivers and this resource in our community. Burn injuries can be very devastating physically and emotionally for patients and families so having that trusting relationship and quality care is our top priority,” said Todd Haner, Chief Nursing Officer at HCA Florida Blake Hospital.