Murphy, N.C. – Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH) and the Nurse Professional Practice Council honored eight outstanding nurses at the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ceremony on November 5.
The DAISY Award is a national award to honor nurses who exemplify extraordinary, compassionate care. Nurses can be nominated by anyone in the healthcare organization, including patients and family members.
The 2019 EWCH DAISY Award was presented to Debra Lee. The other nominees recognized at the ceremony were Deborah Carter, Katie Gore, Breanna Johnson, Matthew Lyvers, Lisa Parker, Ashley Stiles and Noely Sutton. All nominees were recognized with stories detailing the outstanding patient-centered care they consistently provide.
“All eight nominees for this year’s DAISY Award are extraordinary nurses who go above and beyond for patients and their families,” said EWCH chief nursing officer, Teresa Bowleg. “Debra is the perfect recipient for this award, and we congratulate her and thank all of the nominees for their dedication and the kindness they show to our patients.”
The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 after Patrick Barnes passed away from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. His family wanted to honor his memory and show appreciation for the compassion and kindness shown by the nurses during Barnes’ eight-week stay in the hospital. Barnes’ wife, Tena, created the DAISY acronym, which stands for “diseases attacking the immune system.” For more information about the DAISY Foundation or the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, please visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.
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