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Extraordinary Nurse Recognized

Southern Regional Honors First DAISY Award Recipient

To honor and recognize extraordinary nurses at Southern Regional Medical Center, the hospital implemented The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® program and, recently, 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.

The hospital’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 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.

“We could not be prouder of our dedicated nurses at Southern Regional and are pleased to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” states Southern Regional’s Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Alexander, MBA, MHA, RN. Adding, “Nurses like Stephanie are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and recipients are chosen by a committee at Southern Regional. Awards are presented quarterly with a celebration attended by the honoree’s colleagues and family, all social distancing appropriately. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation stated, "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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Southern Regional

Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. For more information go to: http://DAISYfoundation.org.