Haylee Huff, RN, a 2005 graduate of Payson High School and daughter of local Realtor and school board member Rory Huff and his wife Brenda, who works for the Town of Payson’s Water Department recently received the prestigious DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses.
“We’re so proud of her,” said Brenda.
Unique in its focus, the Barnes family created the DAISY award to honor nurses. Their son, at the age of 33, contracted an autoimmune disease after surviving Hodgkin’s disease twice.
For eight weeks he lived in a Seattle hospital before passing away. His family so respected the care and compassion of the nurses they created the DAISY (diseases attacking the immune system) foundation to thank the nurses for their work.
As the foundation gave out DAISY awards, they found hospitals started using the award as a tool for nurse retention and recruitment for its ability to boost morale and inspire staff.
In a press release, St. Joseph’s said Haylee, a registered nurse, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2009. Soon after, she started her career at St. Joseph’s in Phoenix in the Neuro Acute department.
She moved into the Neuroscience ICU in February of 2011, quickly gaining respect from her peers and doctors.
In the press release, the hospital told of one doctor, so impressed by Haylee’s communication abilities in an operation involving critical care and neurosurgery that he said, “It was Haylee’s clinical and communication skills that gave this critically ill patient a shot at recovery. I was very impressed with her.”
Families and patients describe Haylee as “compassionate, friendly, always has a smile on her face and feeling comfortable in her care,” said St. Joseph’s in the press release.
“Haylee’s commitment to her patients, their families and her peers is nothing short of outstanding. She makes a difference to all she comes in contact with each and every day. Haylee truly represents our Neuro ICU mission: Dedication to Patients, Committed to Excellence,” said the hospital press release.