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Fort Washington Medical Center Nurse Wins DAISY Award


OXON HILL, Md. – Nurses with exceptional skills and caring professionalism are rewarded and appreciated at Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC). The bi-annual award bestowed upon nurses is called the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System); founded by the family of the late J. Patrick Barnes in memory of his struggle with auto-immune disease.

FWMC proudly congratulates the newest DAISY winner Lilet Petate-Cruz! A registered nurse who works in the PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit), Petate-Cruz says she enjoys the homelike environment of the hospital.

"Fort Washington Medical Center is like a second family to me," says Petate-Cruz. "There is a sense of community here and in the surrounding area."

DAISY awardees are nominated by FWMC doctors, patients, family or fellow nursing peers. In fact, it was Nurse Petate-Cruz's colleagues who nominated her for exemplary care to her patients - love and care that Petate-Cruz believes come first.

Socorro L. Obedoza, Director of Perioperative Services says Nurse Petate-Cruz is valued for her commitment to her profession and genuine concern for her patients. “The patients go home expressing what a kind and caring nurse they have,” says Obedoza.

To nominate a special nurse, contact the FWMC Administration Department at 301-203-2210 to obtain a DAISY Award nomination form.

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Jody Beard has suffered from knee pain for many years. Not anymore, thanks to knee replacement surgery through the Fort Washington Medical Center Joint Replacement Program.
This surgery has changed my life. I no longer lay on shopping carts for support or agonize when walking on concrete. After two knee replacements, now I am all over the place. I’m walking around the school where I work without pain. My granddaughter says I don’t walk like a penguin anymore. I have my surgeon and the FWMC staff to thank for that!
~ Jody Beard