Posted In Latest Cancer News on October 02, 2018
Kathy Foxwell is a registered nurse in the Peninsula Breast Center, but her title is navigator. Cancer can feel like a journey, and when people are diagnosed, it’s important to have someone to guide them along the way. Foxwell is outstanding at making sure patients have everything they need, and for that reason, she recently earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
A colleague who nominated her wrote, “The patients we see are anxious and at a high stress level. Kathy's smile and embracing personality gets the patients through this very anxious time. On many occasions, the patients come back through the Breast Center to follow up with their surgeons and ask to see Kathy again. She always opens her arms wide for them and they are so happy they get to see her and share their journey with her.”
She also shared a story that illustrates Foxwell’s impact: “Recently at an event for breast cancer survivors, Kathy was approached by a lady who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and credited Kathy with saving her life. The lady had come in for a mammogram and ultrasound. Kathy saw the patient was very nervous and for good reason – it was a holiday and the patient would have had to wait several days to come back for a biopsy. Kathy arranged everything, got in touch with a radiologist that afternoon and the biopsy was done the same day. This patient will never forget how Kathy made her feel, even several years later.”
Foxwell was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her 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.” She was also presented with fresh flowers on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward and share a story.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick 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.
President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand 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 PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”