We could not be more fortunate than to have Deb Cadiente, RN, as our Nurse Navigator. Not only does she bring 40 years of nursing to our Digestive Health Network, she is truly one of the most extraordinary caring people my staff has ever worked with.
There are many patient testimonials I could provide about Deb's work, but there is one that stands out. We recently had a young adult patient in our Colon & Rectal Clinic. He had many chronic illnesses due to a rough family life and being homeless. Deb could tell this patient was cold and malnourished. She asked the patient to come back the next day and she would have a warm blanket and several other items for him. That afternoon, Deb made several phone calls to find him shelter and get him enrolled in a job-training program. With Deb’s own generosity and hard work, she was able to rally many of the Colon & Rectal Clinic staff to help this young man. He went home with shelter, a blanket, clothing, gift cards and several other needed items. He is now also on the list for the Goodwill job-training program. Because of these acts of kindness, my staff, Reanna and Donna, nominated Deb to the DAISY Foundation for an award in Extraordinary Nursing.
On Monday, February 9, Swedish honored 22 nurses, including Deb, who received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. These awards are presented by The DAISY Foundation and United Healthcare. During this special award ceremony, nurses received a certificate that read: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Read the news release for the list of recipients and to learn more about the DAISY Award.
Thank you, Deb, for inspiring us all!