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OMC recognizes Daisy Award Winner Tashia Gehlken, R.N.

OMC recognizes Daisy Award Winner Tashia Gehlken, R.N.

WEST PLAINS, Mo – Tashia Gehlken, a registered nurse (RN) in the medical-surgical unit at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC), has been recognized with the prestigious DAISY Award. The national award is presented to nurses across the U.S. who go above and beyond for their patients and community. A patient’s family nominated Gehlken for her genuine compassion and exceptional care.

The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes those who display dedication to the health and wellness of their patients. The DAISY Foundation established the DAISY Award in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.” The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.

From the nomination form submitted by a patient’s family:

“Our family would like to nominate Tashia Gehlken from Ozarks Medical Center. Our beloved Lucille, grandma, mom, and wife, fell and broke her hip. The care she received at OMC was beyond exceptional. After surgery, Lucille was not coming out of anesthesia. The family decided to take her off all medication and let her pass. Tashia was the nurse at the hospital during our stay of four days. Our family was blown away by not only the first class care Tashia gave Lucille but the all-out genuine compassion she showed our family during one of the most difficult times of our lives.

We will be eternally grateful to Tashia and the staff for helping ensure not only Lucille’s comfort but the family’s as well. Tashia went above and beyond the duties of a nurse in those last four days of Lucille’s life. She was a saving grace for our family and provided the comfort and care none of us even knew we needed. We are so thankful to Tashia. She is deserving of so much more than just the Daisy Award, but it would be an excellent way to recognize her for what she did for our family.”

Gehlken has worked as a registered nurse for ten years, two of those at OMC. A native of Mountain View, where she currently resides, Gehlken recently completed her BSN at Chamberlain University. Gehlken hadn’t considered a career in healthcare until she took a CNA job and fell in love with it. Gehlken said she likes that nursing allows her to be a positive influence in an otherwise unpleasant time in people’s lives. She said she likes working at OMC because of the ever-changing environment. “Every day is a different set of patients and skills that I will need to call upon,” said Gehlken. “OMC is such a positive company to work for.”

“It is wonderful that nurses get to make a difference every day. In addition to the excellent healthcare they provide, often it is the compassion and encouragement that is truly needed by our patients and their families, to heal,” stated Tom Keller, President, and CEO, OMC. “We want to thank Tashia for being an example of the exceptional, compassionate care that we provide at OMC.”

DAISY Award honorees personify OMC’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in the OMC nursing community.

Nominate a Nurse!

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out an OMC nomination form by visiting https://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/For-Patients-Visitors.aspx or picking one up at several locations throughout the OMC West Plains Campus.

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

Pictured from left to right: Claude Moore and Susan Woolsey, patient family members; Tashia Gehlken, RN, OMC Med/Surg; Lacey Carter, Executive Director of Nursing; Tom Keller, President & CEO, Ozarks Medical Center.

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