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Daisy Award Winners—Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses

Daisy AwardsDAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

Anyone can nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award committee selects one nurse who exemplifies the following characteristics each month:

  • Established a special connection with a patient/family
  • Has significantly made a difference in the life of a patient
  • Shows empathy in all situations
  • Is an outstanding role model for the nursing profession
  • Generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing
  • Consistently exhibits excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exemplifies the essence of professional nursing in all activities

Each month’s winner receives a nominee pin, a DAISY Award recipient pin, a Healer’s Touch hand carved statue and an award certificate. In addition, the selected nurse’s unit receives a banner to post for the month and freshly baked cinnamon rolls for everyone on the day the award is presented.

To nominate a nurse, fill out this form and return it to the Nursing Administration office at Gwinnett Medical Center. 

GMC Recipients of the DAISY Award

View our previous Daisy Award winners.


2017 DAISY Award Winners

August 2017

Kelly Holness, nurse in surgical care at GMC-Duluth, received the August DAISY Award. Here is an excerpt from her nomination:
We had an elderly patient admitted to our unit. The patient wasn't doing well and was progressively declining.  She stayed on top of the patient's care and maintained communication with the family and physician. The granddaughter was a hospice nurse and was struggling with making a decision regarding plan of care. This nurse was able to be a supportive resource for the granddaughter and help her take herself out of the nursing mindset and back into the granddaughter role. The care she provided was above and beyond. She was a great resource for the patient and the family. Her care was sincere and heartfelt.
A second nomination for this nurse states: she is a good role model, professional yet friendly and down to earth. She is very easy to talk to and answers all questions.



July 2017

Kendra Bailey, nurse at the Outpatient Treatment Center, received the July DAISY Award. Here is an excerpt from her nomination:
She is a very special lady with a kind heart. She has lifted my spirits for many weeks while I was a patient.  I have been down in my health and she has made a big difference. She made me smile going home and making me know I will be OK with home health. Keep up the good work!

June 2017

Linda Sylvestre, nurse in surgical care at GMC-Duluth, received the June DAISY Award. Here is an excerpt from her nomination:
Being an employee and a patient, I feel this RN exemplified the epitome of excellence. When I wasn't getting results of my illness, she was my patient advocate. She made things happen. She became a liaison for me with my doctors.
This RN exemplifies what a nurse should be, in fact, she raised the bar! Her concern, positive attitude and bedside demeanor were excellent. She is kind but professional, showing kindness and empathy for me during my recovery.  She has been able to explain every concern I have had. She is so appreciated! She fills all qualifications for a good nurse, very enthusiastic, and made me feel better. Good connection with my family and patient; she immediately removed my INT when ordered out.

May 2017

Anneliese Vorpahl, RN on 6 South, received the May 2017 DAISY Award. Here is an excerpt from her nomination:
This nurse is positive and hardworking. She would always ask how I was doing and was extremely friendly to all of her patients. Thank you so much-we always felt a healing hand with your care!
This nurse is always concerned about my care and sees that I am relaxed. She is very pleasant.
She encompasses all of the qualities that make an excellent nurse. First she exhibits the clinical skills and attention to details that are needed to focus on the safety of patients. A specific example of this is when she corrected a NP on the appropriate time frame for her follow up appointment for a heart failure patient. She shows compassion even in the face of difficulty with patients who are acting out because of their illness. She is helpful to her so-workers and is always willing to lend a helping hand as evidences by a thank you for making it.
This nurse is outstanding inside and out, always smiling and happy. She gives me my shots when I come in and she is the best! They don't even hurt! She is very sweet and compassionate about how I feel that day.  She is awesome!
She deserves the Daisy award because of her kind manner and professional, exceptional care. She explained things so my concerned, nervous parents felt that everything was in capable hands with excellent care for their only daughter.

April 2017

Brandi Turner, RN, 5 North received the April 2017 DAISY Award. Here is an excerpt from her nomination:  

Over the past year, my mom was admitted to this floor several times. After we first met Brandi, our hope was to have her as our nurse whenever possible. She always made us feel as if mom was her only patient, taking the time to not only tell us what medicine she was giving, but what its purpose was.

The connection between her and my mom was genuine, she would push her to take one more step, playing mom's favorite music as she took her PT walk or encouraging her to take one more bite of food. Her consistent upbeat personality always put my mom at ease.

Mom had complete confidence in her professional skills and I knew on the days she was her nurse, I could go to work and mom would not question my not being there; she would keep her busy! 

She could always put my mom at ease. Not only did she take excellent care of mom, but she was always willing to listen to my family's questions and concerns and take the time to answer any questions, no matter how trivial. Knowing my mom was being watched over by someone who genuinely cared was comforting to us.

She was my mom's nurse on her last day at GMC, before being transferred to hospice. I will always remember with a grateful heart the gentle and loving way in which she made sure mom was comfortable for the transition...gently changing her bandages, bathing her, washing her hair and applying lotion to her body.

She took her time and made sure mom was comfortable and totally at ease. Her professional skills are only exceeded by the level of compassion with which she uses those skills. My family was truly blessed having her as our nurse.


March 2017

Jennifer Legette, RN, Med/Telemetry, GMC-Duluth received the March 2017 DAISY Award . Here is an excerpt from her nomination:  

This nurse is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. She bonds with all our patients but especially with our elderly and those who don't have families. We recently discharged a very confused patient to a skilled nursing facility after he had been a patient for several months. By the time he left, she had bought him several sets of clothing so he would have something to wear when he arrived.  

She has done this with many patients over the ten years I have worked with her. She has gone to check on a patient's pets while they were in the hospital and fetched belongings from vehicles in our parking lot. She recently led the collection efforts by our floor to provide Christmas for two boys in DFACS. She bought everything and delivered it to two different locations on her day off.  

She is so gentle with our patients and families. She treats everyone with respect, no matter their behavior or level of confusion. Our patients ask for her by name and give her name frequently as a great nurse on Press Ganey surveys and on leader rounding. She is also an inspiration for our staff and everyone that interacts with her. She remains unfailingly positive and cheerful.  

When the hospital is in Code Red, she tells the ER to send them up. The doctors know that she will have an answer to every question and will help in any way possible. She does everything she can to make sure the floor runs smoothly and demonstrates a strong work ethic that encourages others to do the same. I truly believe she is very deserving of this award.


February 2017

Tammy Tullis, RN, Labor & Delivery, received the DAISY Award for working tirelessly to ensure her patients receive compassionate care. Her nomination read:

This nurse is tireless in the pursuit of compassionate patient care. She has an easy way about her when she is communicating with her patients and their family and guests, which builds a trust that allows her patients to know they are in good hands. This most important piece of patient care, in addition to her knowledge and strong skills, is role modeled to her orientees.

This is what her current novice nurse resident has to say: "She listens to her patients, keeps them updated on their plan of care and in stressful situations, she is calming and assures them that she is with them through the difficulty. She has shown me how to interact with my patients. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have had her as my preceptor." For this reason, I nominate this nurse for the DAISY Award.