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Michael Bonner honored with DAISY Award for nurses at FLH

Finger Lakes Health recently honored Michael Bonner, RN, at Geneva General Hospital with “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.”

Bonner has been with Finger Lakes Health for two years and works on 2 West and Geneva General Hospital.

A grateful family member of a patient nominated him for the Daisy Award. “I have been in many aspects of the medical field and not all health care workers are as passionate about their jobs as Mike Bonner. Mike blew me out of the water with his love, compassion, and understanding of his patient’s needs, his gentleness, his informative communication and his true kindness. Mike cared for my husband as if he was royalty. He was very meticulous with his wound care technique and talked to my husband on his level of understanding. Mike talked with my husband during every step of his wound care, medication administration and injections. My husband has dementia and is not comfortable with many people. He was very comfortable with this nurse, and that is very rare. I watched this nurse, with the knowledge of what he was doing and he took his quality of care to a much higher level. This showed how much he loves being an RN and how much he truly cares for his patients and their families. Having been a medical practice manager, this nurse is one to hold on to with the highest level of recommendation and recognition of a fantastic registered nurse and care provider. All I can say is WOW! I hope Mike always stays compassionate about his nursing job. The world could use many, many more care providers like you,” said Elisha Gulvin.

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Established by The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family, this award recognizes nurses who have had a profound impact in the lives of their patients and patient families. Patrick died at age 33 in 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick received from the nurses at his bedside inspired this award.

If you have received extraordinary care by a nurse, or are a family member of someone who has been treated with great care, and would like to nominate a person click here.

Nomination boxes are also located throughout Geneva General Hospital and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. At each DAISY Award celebration, delicious cinnamon rolls are served, as this was Patrick’s favorite treat and one of the few foods he could eat.