Nurses Honored at DAISY Award Ceremony

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Stephanie Tabor (far right) winner of a DAISY award with Doretta Todd-Willis, TCMH chief nursing officer, and Karen Williams, one of the two people that nominated Tabor for a DAISY award.

Texas County Memorial Hospital honored Stephanie Tabor of Cabool with a DAISY award at cinnamon roll breakfast open to all TCMH staff on Friday morning.

Tabor is a registered nurse (RN) in the medical surgical department at TCMH.   The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is the highest recognition award for TCMH licensed practical nurses and RNs.

The DAISY Award is part of the non-profit DAISY Foundation of Glen Ellen, CA.  The Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while Patrick was ill and hospitalized inspired the DAISY Award as a way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

The DAISY award recipient must be nominated for a specific act of extraordinary care that was experienced by the person making the nomination.  Tabor received two different nominations for the DAISY award from Karen Williams and from Nate Beard.

Williams described the care provided by Tabor as “standing out”.

“Stephanie always went above and beyond,” Williams wrote in her nomination of Tabor.

Beard, a patient of Tabor’s has experienced many hospitalizations; he has been paralyzed for the past eight years.

“Stephanie had empathy and sympathy for me,” Beard wrote in his nomination.

Beard explained that even when he wasn’t in Tabor’s direct care, she would check in on him during his hospitalization.

Nominees for DAISY awards with Doretta Todd-Willis and Delinda Lansdown.

“She’s one of the best nurses I’ve ever had,” Beard said.

Tabor received a special DAISY Award pin; a recognition certificate, a bouquet of fresh flowers, and a hand-carved stone sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”.  Cinnamon rolls were served at the breakfast because Cinnabon cinnamon rolls were a personal favorite food of Patrick Barnes during his hospitalization, and he always shared the cinnamon rolls with the nursing staff.

Brittany Walter, Paul Fockler, Cody Rogers, Tony Young, Ashley Russell, Courtney Stewart, Stephanie Gingerich and Nancy Branson, nurses at TCMH, also received special recognition and a DAISY pin for also being nominated for DAISY awards.

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