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DAISY Award Recipient Responds During Citywide Emergency

DAISY Award Recipient Responds During Citywide Emergency

July 19, 2022 – A nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) with 25 years of experience in numerous hospital roles responded during a citywide emergency in a manner that earned her the prestigious DAISY Award for nursing excellence. Mary Ann Artuz, RN drew on her clinical oncology knowledge and information technology expertise to elevate patient care during the devastating Taylor Farms building fire in Salinas.

The fire triggered a shelter in place order on April 14 that impacted the hospital campus and surrounding clinics including the SVMHS Outpatient Infusion Center. The smoke emergency and shelter in place required the clinic to close operations and allow vulnerable cancer patients to remain safe at home. It also required a mass evaluation of individual patient needs and rescheduling of infusion treatments. That’s where Mary Ann’s combined skills and knowledge proved invaluable.

“Her IT expertise was crucial in all the appointment cancelling, rescheduling and moving of treatment and lab orders,” wrote Thelma Baker, MSN, RN, SVMHS Director Outpatient Infusion Center." Mary Ann used her clinical oncology experience to help us navigate the special needs of patients and make sure they were both medically and emotionally cared for during the disruption.”

Mary Ann joined SVMHS in 1996 and currently serves as an oncology clinical informaticist for the clinical informatics department. She took on the role in 2019 and is no longer involved in direct patient care on a daily basis. As an experienced RN however, Mary Ann has an impressive resume at SVMHS focused on exceptional patient experience including roles in transitional care, in med surgery, oncology, observation care, and outpatient infusion.

“It is such an honor to be nominated and receive this award,” says Mary Ann Artuz, RN. “Patient care is a team effort and that day was challenging for all of us. I’m grateful to be a part of such a talented group of people who always wants to do what’s best for our patients.”

Several colleagues from clinical informatics and oncology joined Mary Ann for the surprise presentation of the DAISY Award. In addition to Mary Ann, three other exceptional nurses received Daisy Award nominations: Maria Elena Hermosillo, RN II in Outpatient Infusion, Letcia Jara, RN II in Mother/Baby and Ivy Vileta, RN II in Tele/1-Main.

Each month, Salinas Valley Memorial recognizes an outstanding employee with a STAR Award (for all staff) and a DAISY Award (specifically for nurses). Nomination forms and drop boxes are located throughout the hospital. To learn more about the awards visit svmh.com/nomination.

Editor note: Photo attached (L to R) Randy Richards, SVMHS Clinical Informatics Manager, Mary Ann Artuz, RN, DAISY Award recipient and Lisa Paulo, MSN/MPA, RN, CENP, SVMHS Chief Nursing Officer.

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