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FEATURE - "Extraordinary Nurse at Bear River Valley Hospital honored with DAISY Award"

Jolyn Krager - Photo courtesy of Bear River Valley Hospital

TREMONTON - BRVNEWS Extra, February 12, 2023

Jolyn Krager, RN, was the recipient of Bear River Valley Hospital’s inaugural DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Jolyn works in the Emergency Department and was nominated for this prestigious award by multiple individuals. One patient wrote the following:

“Since November of 2021, I’ve need to go to IVIG treatments for my rare autoimmune disease. My body needs the medicine, but it certainly loathes the journey. Over the past year jo, using her formidable skills as a nurse, with patience and diligence, has continually engaged with my immune system in what I can only describe as ongoing chess match. My immune system responds one way and Jo countermoves. Looked in battle Jo continues to dominate the metaphorical chess board until the final checkmate. I realize that the Daisy nomination asks for a specific instance of excellence of which I have many. That said I think the quality of a medical professional is reflected when exceptional care is given time, and time, and time again. I acknowledge that ER nurses and others are not afforded the opportunity to know their patients well like IVIG does. Conversely, being at the hospital every 2-weeks, seven hours each time would allow me to witness a nurses 'Bad Day.' Statistically, I know Jo MUST have bad days, but I am never aware of when she does, Jo consistently gives her best. Every. Single. Time. To sum up Jo of the IVIG unit is a consummate professional and I am grateful.”

Emergency Department Manager Rhonda Merryweather said, “Jolyn’s achievements are so impressive. We are privileged to have Jolyn on our team. She’s always willing to go above and beyond to achieve such great success for our team and provide extraordinary care to her patient’s that she cares for. Jolyn is always thinking of new and different ways of approaching a problem. Jolyn has such a unique perspective and is a tremendous asset to our team.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

If you would like to nominate a Bear River Valley Hospital nurse for the DAISY Award, please visit our nomination form. To find out more about the DAISY Foundation, please visit


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