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Barton Home Health & Hospice Nurse Honored

Watson Kambenja, RN Barton Health - DAISY Award Winner(South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – Barton Home Health & Hospice nurse, Watson Kambenja, RN, has received international recognition with the international DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. Watson was nominated for his compassionate care of a hospice patient in her last days, and providing support and comfort to her husband.

“Watson took care of my wife in her last days. A bond was formed while my wife could still communicate. His soft spoken voice was calming and reassuring, and he was very gentle with her. He explained everything to me as the steps progressed, and he was available to me 24/7. I felt he really cared, and felt loss when she passed. Watson also allowed me to do what I was capable of and instructed me on how to do things I had never encountered before. I needed to be needed. He is genuinely a special person.”

Watson started his career in Africa and then moved to Tahoe so he and his wife could be closer to family. Watson joined Barton Health in 2012 accepting a position in Barton’s Medical Surgical Unit, where he worked before transferring to Home Health & Hospice in 2018. 

“I am so honored to be recognized for this award. I come from a country that has so much suffering that I wanted to provide compassion and healing to my community. I love what I do, and this award provides that affirmation.”

When Watson is not providing exceptional care, he enjoys many outdoor activities, such as, skiing, snow shoeing, mountain biking and running. He enjoys staying fit and active. 

The DAISY Award® is a system of recognition across the world, present in over 4,500 health care and nursing facilities. Barton began the initiative in 2019 as a way for patients and their loved ones to thank their nurses and express gratitude by nominating them for a DAISY Award®. Barton Health encourages the community to learn more and nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award® by visiting bartonhealth.org/daisy.