DAISY Award Recipient: Nurse Valdez Contreras

JANUARY 2020 – Nurse Valdez Contreras was nominated to recognize her for extraordinary patient care. One example of this was her willingness to care for a patient that had to go to the ER and provide all records of his care while in custody.

 In an effort to help promote the meaningful work correctional nurses do, ACH became the first correctional health care provider to partner with the DAISY Foundation in April 2017. The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 to recognize nurses “for the super-human work they do for their patients and families [of the patients] every day.” This award is currently recognized in over 2,400 healthcare facilities worldwide. When nurses are presented with the DAISY Award, they receive an award certificate, a DAISY pin, and the Healer’s Touch sculpture. They are also featured on the DAISY Foundation’s website.

 ACH is the largest county jail health care provider in the United States. Headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, their team consists of over 1,000 people across 15 states.