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Wed, Sep 13, 2023 at 02:17 PM

Marshall Medical Centers Celebrates Inaugural DAISY Award Winners

Marshall Medical Centers is thrilled to announce the recipients of its first-ever DAISY Awards. The DAISY Foundation was founded on the vision that every organization worldwide where nurses practice would want to incorporate DAISY recognition programs into their cultures.

The award inspires nurses to not only use their knowledge and skills but also their hearts to provide extraordinary care. The acronym "DAISY" stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and it was created by Patrick Barnes’ wife, Tena Barnes. Pat had been a patient at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at the University of Washington Medical Center, where the first DAISY Award program began. Barnes passed away at the age of 33 due to the autoimmune disease ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia). This program gave patients, families, and co-workers the opportunity to express their gratitude to nurses for their unwavering commitment to providing compassionate care.

Since its inception, The DAISY Award has grown into a vital tool for nurse recruitment, retention, and resilience. It has been embraced by thousands of healthcare organizations and schools of nursing, not just in the United States but 39 countries across the world.

Marshall Medical Centers is proud to join this global movement by recognizing the exceptional dedication of its nurses. The inaugural Marshall Medical Centers DAISY Award winners were selected from a pool of highly deserving candidates, and their extraordinary contributions to patient care have not gone unnoticed.

The following nurses were nominated for this quarter’s DAISY Award:

Aaliyah Alexander – Marshall Medical North – Day Surgery

Madeline Brown – Marshall Medical North – Acute Care

Jackson Camp – Marshall Medical North – ICU

Meagan Chastain – Marshall Medical North – Emergency Department

Maria Chavez – Marshall Medical South – Acute Care

Colton Fortner – Marshall Medical North – Acute Care

Brett Glass – Marshall Medical North – Emergency Department

Lisa Hayes – Marshall Medical North – ICU

Ashley Hill – Marshall Medical North – Emergency Department

Shannon Jones – Marshall Medical South – Acute Care

Melisha Kight – Marshall Medical North – Acute Care

Shannon Leak – Marshall Medical North – Acute Care

Tabitha Lowery – Marshall Medical South – Acute Care

Penny Moses – Marshall Medical North – Behavioral Health

Lauren Peters – Marshall Medical North – Behavioral Health

Peighton Ponder – Marshall Medical North – ICU

Ramona Rosser – Marshall Medical South – Acute Care

Kayla Stonicher – Marshall Medical South – Emergency Department

Sommer Sumner – Marshall Medical North – OB

"The DAISY Awards highlights the compassion and dedication that our nurses bring to their roles every day," said Kathy Woodruff, Chief Nursing Officer for Marshall Medical Centers. "These awards serve as a token of our gratitude for the incredible work our nurses do, and we are honored to celebrate their achievements."

Marshall Medical Centers extends its heartfelt congratulations to the following outstanding nurses, the system’s first-ever DAISY Award winners:

Ramona Rosser, RN

Acute Care, Marshall Medical South

Rosser graduated from Samford University for Nursing in 1983. She was hired with Marshall Medical Centers in January 2020.

Ramona was nominated by a patient, and they had this to say: “You have showed so much compassion and care, it just made my heart feel happy. You made me feel like I wasn’t a burden and that I was worth taking care of. It’s nice to feel like you matter. So, again THANK YOU!”

Ashely Hill, RN

Emergency Department, Marshall Medical North

Hill graduated from Wallace State for Nursing in 2013. She was hired with Marshall Medical Centers in March 2018.

Ashely was nominated by a co-worker after she showed extra care to a patient who was in cardiac arrest and had no family. The co-worker had this to say: “I personally see Ashely’s commitment and attitude in her work. While she is humble about her nursing skills, I have watched her grow in her confidence and strengths as an Emergency Department nurse. Her attitude towards patient care exhibits compassion and empathy and she truly strives to do the best for the patient in every situation.”

Marshall Medical Centers held a special award ceremony to honor these remarkable nurses, where the winners were joined by their families and loved ones to receive their DAISY Award and heartfelt gratitude from the entire Marshall Medical Centers community.

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