Bob O’Bryhim, RN, honored with DAISY Award
Congratulations to Bob O’Bryhim, RN, AAMC’s most recent DAISY Award recipient.
The DAISY Award was established to recognize extraordinary bedside nurses — honoring the compassion, knowledge and care that they provide to their patients every day.
As per AAMC tradition, Bob was surprised by a crowd of colleagues and friends who secretly assembled into a daisy-decorated conference room to pull off this big surprise.
Sherry B. Perkins, AAMC’s Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, extended her congratulations and awarded Bob with a DAISY plaque. He also received a DAISY pin from physician colleague Aimee Yu and a DAISY figurine from his nominator Melissa McCullum, RN.
Here is an excerpt from Melissa’s nomination letter:
Bob has been an employee of AAMC and Critical Care in excess of 15 years. He delivers exceptional care to his patients on a daily basis with his expert critical care knowledge and compassionate caring. We would like to share a special story written by one of our patient’s family members:
“Dear Critical Care Bob, One of our mother’s last wishes was that I write you a thank you letter. She was beginning to have trouble with word-finding by then, but she smiled as she clearly said, ‘I like him, he is very good. I want you to write a letter to the hospital telling them how good he is and I want you to write a thank you note to him.’
“My sisters and I knew why she felt that way. We were all grateful for the way you cared for mom. You felt like family and we really appreciated your light-hearted humor and gentle attention that put mom so at ease when she otherwise felt humiliated by her relative helplessness. I treasure the memory of mom’s smile as you danced with her during transfers. She literally saved the last dance for YOU! Lucky you … lucky us!
“You touched our hearts Bob, in the most beautiful healing way. That tender touch will ever be with us. Thank you.”
Dr. Aimee Yu also shared a lovely story about Bob: when a patient had no family present, he made himself her family, even visiting her in her nursing home and baking her fresh bread.
From all of us at AAMC, we offer our congratulations, Bob!