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Ozarks Healthcare Mountain View Nurse recognized with DAISY Award

Layken Doss, licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Ozarks Healthcare in Mountain View, was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses for the level of care she demonstrated to a local patient and her family. The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Doss was nominated to receive a DAISY Award by Terry Hodge, who is a foster parent to several children, for her compassion and ability to work with children as they receive primary care. Hodge wanted to recognize Doss always making doctors’ visits a pleasant experience for her and her family: 
“My family has been going to OZH in Mountain View for many years,” Hodge said. “I have always had a good experience every time. I currently foster children so I am in and out needing assessment or just overall primary care. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of a Daisy Award than Layken. I don’t feel like clinic nurses get enough credit … she is always pulled in many different directions. Sometimes, she is answering the phone or sitting at the desk checking people in. I have always seen her roaming and drawing blood. She is one of two nurses I will let draw my blood because she is so good at it. When I have to bring one of my children in, sometimes they are scared and nervous, and she will have them laughing and smiling before they leave. I will always try to get in to that clinic because from the time we walk in, our experience is the absolute best it can be. Layken is just one of those nurses who you know cares about her patients and treats them like family. She was meant to be a nurse and is deserving of this Daisy Award!”  
Hodge and her family, along with some of Ozarks Healthcare’s staff and Doss’s family surprised Doss with the presentation of her DAISY Award last week while she was working at Ozarks Healthcare in Mountain View. 
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes 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 Barnes 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.
Members of the public, including patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and Ozarks Healthcare staff may nominate a deserving nurse for his or her compassionate care and clinical excellence by filling out an a nomination form located online at or picking one up at several locations throughout Ozarks Healthcare’s hospital. 
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