Wilmington Hospital ICU’s Brie Crabill, MSN, RN II, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for March.

Christiana Care DAISY Award recipients are nurses recognized for meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of patients and families by displaying exceptional clinical skills, compassion, respect and partnership.

The patient came to the Wilmington Hospital Intensive Care Unit following a choking that led to brain death. This DAISY nomination came from the his grieving but grateful mother, who shares how Crabill helped the family through the loss of their son:

“Brie took exceptional care of Jack. Her care of our family went above and beyond anything I could have ever expected.

“She explained his condition to us and comforted us when we really needed it. Our nightmare seemed endless, but Brie’s knowledge, patience, loving care and comfort helped us survive.

“We chose to donate our son’s organs. It was what he wanted and we wanted, but the waiting was almost unbearable. Brie shared her experience with organ donation. She never tired of our questions. She was always caring for our entire family and her patient.

“Brie was a godsend to us at a time when we needed it most.”

Established in 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to honor his memory with a tribute to the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his hospitalization. Today, more than 2,000 health care facilities in every state and 15 countries honor nurses with the DAISY Award.

The Professional Nurse Council at Christiana Care selects DAISY Award recipients using a blind selection process based on nominations from patients, families and all members of the Christiana Care team. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and VNA — are eligible.