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An extraordinary nurse recognized at Sanford Worthington Medical Center

A nurse at Sanford Worthington Medical Center was honored on July 25, 2017 with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. The Award at Sanford Worthington Medical Center is sponsored by the Sanford Health Network Executive Team.

The recipient of the DAISY Award is Laura Laackmann, RN.  Laackmann received nominations from a patient’s family that she cared for.  

“I am honored to accept this award,” stated Laackmann.  “I enjoy my job and helping patients is very important to me.  Working alongside the team at the hospital who are passionate in their work, family orientated and ultimately providing great care close to home is very rewarding to me.  Thank you to the Elaine Stenzel family for nominating me and the Daisy Foundation for the award.”

Laackmann received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.  She has been a nurse at Sanford Worthington since February 2014.  Laackmann is originally from Fulda, Minnesota, and currently resides with her husband Easton and one-year-old son Sawyer in Worthington. 

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Sanford Health to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Sanford Worthington Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“Many of our nurses at Sanford Worthington make a meaningful difference for the patients they care for,” stated Gwen Post, Director of Nursing and Clinic Services.  “They often leave work at the end of the day not knowing the impact their work had on their patients and family members.  This type of award is so special because it gives the nurse the opportunity to be aware of and feel fully appreciated for the work they do every day.  We are thankful to the family of one of our patients for taking the time to recognize Laura for the exceptional work that she does.”    

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at         

About Sanford Worthington
Based in Worthington, Minnesota, Sanford Worthington includes Sanford Worthington Medical Center, Sanford Worthington Clinic, Sanford Worthington Acute Care Clinic, Sanford Worthington Surgery Clinic, Sanford Worthington Outreach Specialty Clinic, Sanford Worthington OB-GYN Clinic, Sanford Worthington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Sanford Worthington Cancer Center.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center is a 48-bed facility offering services in medical, diagnostic, therapy and outreach, surgery, women’s health care, emergency and acute care. It includes 23 providers and over 400 employees and is a member of Sanford Health, an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries.
Posted Date: August 2017