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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Central Texas Medical Center



SAN MARCOS, TEXASTwelve nurses at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) were honored Tuesday in the hospital’s first ever The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ® ceremony. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. 


“We are proud to participate in The DAISY Award program,” said Catherine Amitrano, CTMC Chief Nursing Officer. “Our nurses are the backbone of this facility and it’s important that they know their work is highly valued. The DAISY Foundation provides a great way for us to do that.”


Robert Fitzsimons, RN was selected from the 12 nominees as The DAISY Award recipient. Fitzsimons, who works in CTMC’s Progressive Care Unit, was chosen after going above and beyond not only for a patient, but the family as well. As the last nurse at CTMC to care for the patient before he was moved to hospice care, Fitzsimons offered important information to the patient’s granddaughter, advising her to let her grandfather know how much she loved him and was grateful for everything he’s taught her. This touching moment is demonstrative of the type of care Fitzsimons offers all his patients and their families.


The other nominees were:

Jacqueline Barrios, BSN, RN

Ping Boggess, RN

Shelby Fitzgerald, RN

Marisela Fratianni, RN

Cheryl Giberson, LVN

Nicole Heynis, RN

Laetitia Jones, RN

Karrah Kaufmann, BSN, RN

Ellena Machado, RN

Alicia McCool, BSN, RN

Nichole Rodriguez, BSN, RN

Robyn Williamson, BSN, RN


CTMC will continue to honor its nurses with The DAISY Award quarterly. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at CTMC to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.


The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  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.



Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at CTMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”


This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at       


Robert Fitzsimons, along with his team in the Progressive Care Unit, accepting his DAISY Award from CTMC CNO Catherine Amitrano and CTMC CEO/President Anthony Stahl.


Nominated Nurses L to R: Nichole Rodriguez, Ping Boggess, Marisela Fratianni, Robyn Williamson, Nicole Heynis, Cheryl Giberson, Ellena Machado, Shelby Fitzgerald, Karrah Kaufmann





About CTMC 

The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at CTMC is a member of the AdventHealth.


With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 46 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666