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Published on August 31, 2020

Gundersen Boscobel Announces 2020 DAISY Award Winner

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2020 DAISY Award Winner Jodie Eckert, RN

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics recognizes Jodie Eckert, RN, as its 2020 DAISY Award winner.

The award honors nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of patients and families. It was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known, but not uncommon autoimmune disease.

Gundersen Boscobel, with clinics in Boscobel, Fennimore and Muscoda, historically recognizes an extraordinary nurse in May during Nurses Week. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the annual honor.

Eckert, an Emergency Department nurse, was nominated by a parent for providing outstanding care to her young son during a trip to the emergency room in May 2019. Eckert showed extraordinary compassion and genuine concern for her patient and his family. "She cares for the whole person with a sense of confidence all while having a significant positive impact on all who are so fortunate to be under her care," the mother wrote.

Before leaving—well after the end of her shift—Eckert hugged the mother and said, "Please call if you need anything."

"I know her response will be, 'I was just doing my job.' But nursing is so much more than a job. It is a passion and a calling for a special person," the mother concluded.

"Like our two previous Daisy award winners, Jodie exemplifies Gundersen's commitment to ensuring all patients have an exceptional experience every time they walk through our doors," said Kelsey Lund, MSN, RN, interim assistant administrator of Patient Care Services at Gundersen Boscobel. "Her warmth and compassion and dedication make her very deserving of this honor."

For more information on the DAISY Award or to nominate a deserving nurse, visit

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