Coral Gables Hospital honors newest DAISY Award winner

Coral Gables Hospital honors newest DAISY Award winner

Pictured (l-r) are Cristina Jimenez, chief operating officer; Pedro Iriarte, director of physician services; Karen Rodriguez, RN, DAISY Award winner; Jessica Miller-Hijar, chief nursing officer; Patrick Downes, CEO; Henry Capote, chief financial officer; David Araya, director of business development, and Dr. Orlando Garcia, chief medical officer.

Karen Rodriguez, RN, recently received recognition as Coral Gables Hospital’s newest DAISY Award winner. She works in the hospital’s Surgical Step-Down Unit and was commended for her compassion with patients and their families.

“One of the reasons Karen earned this award is because she exemplifies everything a nurse should be,” said Patrick Downes, CEO of Coral Gables Hospital. “We congratulate her for earning this honor and appreciate the dedication and care she has provided our patients.”

Rodriguez has earned the respect of her colleagues for her willingness to go the extra mile and her openness to assist any department that needs an extra hand. She creates such a positive impact on her patients that they often express their gratitude even after they leave the hospital.

The DAISY Foundation was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes after he passed away from an autoimmune disease. His family was so touched by the compassion and hope provided by the nurses who cared for him that they created the DAISY Award. The award honors nurses who provide excellent patient care while simultaneously providing extraordinary emotional support to patients and their families.

Coral Gables Hospital is a 245-bed acute care hospital located at 3100 Douglas Rd. in the heart of historic Coral Gables. To learn more about Coral Gables Hospital, visit

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