COLUMBUS, Neb. -- A Columbus nurse is receiving recognition for providing exceptional care.

Amber Keyes, a registered nurse with Columbus Community Hospital’s acute care and intensive care unit, recently won The DAISY Award for the second quarter of 2022.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates nurses’ extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care. CCH is a partner of The DAISY Award and recognizes one of its nurses with this special honor each quarter.

Colleen Jorgensen, a respiratory therapist in CCH’s respiratory care department, nominated Keyes for the award.

In her nomination letter, Jorgensen wrote: “I have always admired Amber for her sincerity, kindness and compassion. When she is stressed or overwhelmed, she doesn’t let that dominate her interactions with patients. She puts them first and worries about the rest later.”

Jorgensen described a specific instance in which Keyes cared for a COVID-19 patient at the end of their life.

“Amber was so calm, caring and reassuring to the patient, which was calming and reassuring for me as well,” Jorgensen wrote. “She spoke softly, moved slowly and focused on the patient's comfort. Amber is someone I would want to care for me or a loved one, if such care was ever needed.” 

Hospital representatives honored Keyes with the award on Wednesday, June 8.