Special thanks to Jackie Recker, a nurse from the Birth Center, who was nominated by a family for the exceptional care she provided for them as they experienced the loss of their medically fragile newborn.
An excerpt from the heart-felt nomination is below:
“Jackie was my and my husband’s strength in the days following the birth of our medically fragile daughter. Knowing our daughter would pass away shortly after birth, Jackie was sure to be there every step of the way — from encouraging us to take lots of pictures, to treating us to Biggby Coffee, to playing music as we held her through her last days.
“I am a nurse and I know first-hand that nursing is hard. Not everyone is comfortable in dealing with death, especially infant death, but Jackie made herself present through it all.
“I want to thank her for just being present. I don’t think she left our room more than 20 minutes the last days. We are so thankful for her strength in our weakest moments. Her care was above and beyond.”
Jackie was surprised with the DAISY Award on the Birth Center on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. After the entire unit gathered for Liz Murphy to read the nomination, for Jackie to sign the banner and for a group photo, Jackie led the group in prayer for the baby and its family, thanking God for such a sweet baby and for continued healing for the family.
Thank you to Jackie for exhibiting compassion for the family during this extremely difficult time.