Recently, a patient with Down syndrome was at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota for hip replacement surgery. His nurse was Jessy Cruz, RN. Cruz and the patient instantly bonded. When he came back months later to have his other hip replaced, the patient's mother asked if Cruz would again be his nurse. Cruz rearranged her work schedule so she could be with the patient and his family would be at ease. The patient's mother, who usually stays by his side, was so comfortable with Cruz's care for her son; she was able to go home and rest. Cruz has been a nurse for seven years and says, "I became a nurse because my mom is a nurse. It's a true passion."

Cruz was recently awarded the first ever DAISY Award at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. This international award recognizes extraordinary nurses who provide exceptional care. Patients, families, and colleagues may nominate nurses. A committee at Doctors Hospital chooses the recipient.

"Doctors Hospital is truly a special place and our nurses are a big reason why. We are committed to providing personalized care to all our patients and family members and we are proud to recognize Jessy for her dedication, commitment and compassion," said Kathy Mitchell, Chief Nursing Officer.