Fast reaction saves baby, earns award for Parkwest nurses

Jay FitzOur Town Health

Four nurses at Parkwest Medical Center were honored recently with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation‘s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days.

Angie Simpkins, Carmen Grissom, Deb Caroline and Beth Hilbelink were nominated by a patient’s husband for the compassion and care they showed to him and his wife during the delivery of their baby boy.

He writes: “My wife and I are in our forties and 13 years ago, with lots of help, we had what we thought was our miracle baby, but on Valentine’s Day of this year we had another baby.

So, what started as a wonderful miracle for us, could have been a great tragedy. When my wife’s water broke, we came to the hospital (where we) were set up in a beautiful room. The nurses immediately noticed baby’s heartbeat was disappearing during contractions.”

The shocked husband said suddenly the room was filled with people and his wife was rushed for an emergency C-section.

“Within minutes, Carmen brought me pictures of my baby boy and shortly after, I was holding my perfect baby boy as we waited for mama to come through recovery.

“It turns out our baby had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck twice. If our health team had not responded as they did, today could have been one of the biggest tragedies of our life.

“We are so grateful for our nurses Deb, Angie, Carmen and Beth and everything they did to keep our family safe. We are eternally in your debt. May God bless each and every one of you and shower favor on you and your families.”

Covenant Health provided information and quotes for this story.


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