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Release Date: 09/24/2014

Women & Infants Hospital recently honored Ann Marie Coehlo, RN, of Cranston, RI, a nurse in the hospital's Infusion Center in the Program in Women's Oncology. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the above and beyond efforts performed by nurses every day.

Ann Marie Coehlo worked with Women & Infants as the clinical coordinator in the Breast Health Center from 1986 until 2002. She returned to the Women & Infants team in 2007 to the Infusion Center. Coehlo was nominated anonymously by two patients who were under her care for more than a year. Her patients note her as epitomizing the DAISY Foundation's mission.

"Ann Marie was my nurse from May 2013 to August 2014 for my chemo and Avastin. She took such good care of me. Always smiling and very professional. A great nurse," expressed one patient about her long-term care with Coehlo. Another patient of hers said that Ann Marie, "always [went] above and beyond in any and all situations. An excellent nurse!"

Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services Angelleen Peters-Lewis, RN, PhD, said, "We are so proud to have nurses who are committed to patients and families, as well as to professional excellence and because of this exceed our expectations every single day. Anne Marie understands and exceeds the high standard of care we set for all of our providers on a regular basis. Her nomination for the DAISY Award is well-deserved."

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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. 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, 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 work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Women & Infants Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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