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Extraordinary Nurse Stephanie Holder

To honor and recognize extraordinary nurses at Southern Regional Medical Center, the hospital implemented The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® program and has honored their first DAISY Award recipient. The award is based on the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day.

Southern Regional's first DAISY Award recipient is Stephanie Holder, RN, a dedicated Emergency Department (ED) nurse. Stephanie began her tenure at Southern Regional in the summer of 2006 as a Nurse Tech and upon graduating from nursing school started her ED nursing career with the hospital nearly 13 years ago. She was selected as the DAISY Award recipient for her exceptional compassion toward her patients. To understand her level of dedication to our patients, one only needs to read a snippet from her nomination:

Stephanie was providing care for an elderly patient in the ED whose high-level of care was quite demanding. During his treatment, Stephanie talked with the patient at length and assessed that he had been stuck indoors in bed for many months due to his deteriorating health. His advanced age, limited family visitation due to COVID, and his acute care needs were visibly wearing on him and he stated that he “just wanted to have the sun on his face and be normal for a while.” Stephanie found a way to make something special happen for the patient. She gathered the portable equipment required to safely and appropriately care and monitor the patient, arranged for a peer to assist, and took the patient outside for dinner. While outside, Stephanie fed the patient and talked with him – just two people out enjoying a beautiful day. She was able to lift his spirits for a bit while continually attending to his acute healthcare and physical needs. True to her humility of character, Stephanie's nurse's note recording of the event simply stated "Assisted pt to eat clear liquid dinner tray".

The hospital also recognizes all the DAISY nominees submitted for this first award: Barbarba Jones, LPN; Natessha Gee, RN; Shelby Hamilton, RN; Stephanie Holder, RN; Jody Leonard, RN; Ricky Mix, RN; and Azuka Iloh, RN.