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Apr 15, 2014 · 3rd Surgical Team Blends Education with Great Patient Care

Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare has always been a leader in the education and development of incoming health care professionals.  Recently, the 3rd Surgical Team has come under new leadership, and he’s interested in furthering this tradition.


Stephen Carlson, R.N., Director of Patient Care – Nursing, is excited about his new position, and already feels welcomed in the family-like atmosphere of Franciscan Healthcare. He says, “The people here have been so welcoming and so friendly.”  He previously worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and is thrilled about the opportunities his new position provides. With his master’s degrees in Business Administration and Nursing from the University of Phoenix, Steve has a multi-layered background.

Steve truly believes this institution is a great choice for new nurses, as it allows them to couple the irreplaceable experience a health care setting offers, with the educational experience that only Mayo Clinic Health System affords. He speaks about the team’s involvement with students. “Every day when school’s in session, we have at least one student here. We try to provide whatever educational opportunity we can.”

When asked what he would tell a nurse considering employment with the Mayo Clinic Health System enterprise, Steve implores, “Do it!” He explains, “The thing that separates Franciscan Healthcare from anywhere else is that the mission, vision and values that we have is something that we live by. Knowing that the institution always has your best interest in mind is reassuring.”

Under Steve’s leadership, the 3rd Surgical Team looks to continue the tradition of education, and strive toward maintaining a constant level of excellence in patient care.

Mar 14, 2014 · DAISY recognition program highlights extraordinary nurses

DAISY recognition program highlights extraordinary nurses at
Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin

MCHS 2014 Daisy Award Winner Mandy Foster

Bonny Young, NICU Patient Care Director, Mandy Foster January 2014 DAISEY award winner, Diane Holmay CNO, Des Bailey, OB/Gyn Patient Care Director


“My daughter was a very sick little girl and though I was worried and scared, I felt safe because of our nurse’s wonderful care. She cared for my daughter as though she was her own child.”

“My dad’s nurse was very good at being on top of his cancer care, and her smile would brighten his day. She would bring him warm blankets before he even said he was cold.”

“We always feel much more confident about my children’s regular infusions when our nurse is working. She remembers little details about them and makes their experience as comfortable as possible.”

These are just a few of the quotes that we have received upon launching the monthly DAISY recognition program in March 2013.  Patients, visitors and employees can nominate an extraordinary nurse for this special recognition through on-line or paper forms, or by calling a special telephone line. The nominations must tell a story how the nominated nurse demonstrated clinical skill, compassioate care, exemplary service, and a commitment to excellence.

Nurse recognized for the Daisy Program

Shannon Klar, Patient Care Director 9 Center, Sarah Wetterlin, April 2013 DAISY winner, and Kathy Moritz, Nursing Adminnistrator

The outpouring of nominations has been … well, extraordinary. Members of the selection committee readily admit that sometimes they brush tears away as they read heartfelt commentary on how nurses eased the suffering of the dying, celebrated the joys of new birth, and shed the light of comfort and healing to people who were in a dark place.

DAISY recipients are surprised at their work place with a presentation ceremony, flowers, a hand-crafted statuette, and treats for the work unit. The chief nursing officer makes the presentation, and often the co-worker or patient who nominated the nurse reads the entry. That month’s DAISY nurse is honored with the display of a banner and poster as well as other recognition nationally by the Daisy Foundation.

Most nurses would say they are “just doing their jobs,” but DAISY allows us to recognize them for the wonderful work that they do every day, and do let our nurses know how much patients and families appreciate them.



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