Monmouth, IL (May 17, 2018) – Kay Stropes, LPN and Jody Shepherd, RN and were honored with the DAISY Award for their compassion and excellent patient care during a special ceremony at OSF HeathCare Holy Family Medical Center on May 8, 2018.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families.
Kay Stropes, LPN 2, has been serving patients and families of the Monmouth area since 1990 when OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center was Community Memorial Hospital. Born in Burlington, IA, Kay followed her mother’s nursing footsteps and graduated from Carl Sandburg College as a Level 2 LPN. In 1985, Kay settled in the Monmouth area; she and husband, David, will celebrate their 37th anniversary this fall. She loves the Lord and her church, enjoys lighthouses, and looks forward to relaxing on her back porch. Kay and David especially delight in spending time with their daughter, Mary, and grandson, DJ.
Jodi Shepherd, RN, joined OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center Emergency Department in 2017. She graduated from Carl Sandburg College with her Associates Degree in Nursing. Jodi was born and raised in Monmouth by parents Denny and Vickie Rhoades. Jodi has two sons, Corbin and Tucker, and her family will grow this October with her first daughter in law. Outside of caring for patients in the Emergency Room, Jodi enjoys spending time with her close friend, Jeff Johnson, and her sweet family.