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2018 DAISY Award Winners

December 2018

Tasha Green, a nurse with the Center for Cancer Care, received the DAISY Award for December. Here is an excerpt from her nomination: 

My faith in humanity has been quite shaky at most. I guess you can say, I find myself having to be quite guarded for most of my life. So naturally, upon coming to the Cancer Center, I was withdrawn from any expectation. As it turns out, coming here to fight my cancer was exactly what I needed. Beyond a kind staff of nurses, who attended care for my chemo treatments, I found my disdained reservations towards humanity dissolving. It seems like I forgot what genuine concerns for others looked like.

Chemo has been a battle on every level for me. Yet throughout my storm of emotions and vomiting was one particular nurse who managed to make me laugh and see humans in a different light. I believe for such a tiny person, she is unaware of the large impact she has on her patients. Just by being her humorous self, I found myself and other patients distracted from the campaign of nausea, even if only for a brief moment. She apparently gets so lost in the service of patients that she genuinely enjoys her work. Even when the entire ward is full, she and all the nurses manage themselves and their duties with such collective composures that they make the demands of their jobs seem like second nature. For me, this is refreshing to see a part of humanity finally working in sync. She is very thorough when it comes to her work and diligent for protocol. As she administers medications, she ensures another nurse is present to verify mediations. They are very keen on wearing protective gear and managing the side effects of our therapy. Not to say we are being pampered but these nurses were genuine in monitoring our side effects and did whatever possible to make patients comfortable. So I simply want to say "thank you" to this nurse and to all the nurses here. I know she would say she was just doing her job, but by being herself, working in harmonious sync with the entire ward, during such a trying time on my way to recovery, you all have my eternal gratitude. I don't know what the culture is called here, but this center should keep it going. I encourage other cancer patients to come here to see what it looks like when a nurse loses herself in service of others, without requiring thanks.

November 2018

Greg Heath, a Surg/Ortho RN at GMC-Duluth, recently received the November DAISY Award. Here's an excerpt from his nomination:

He is extremely compassionate. He truly cares about his patients and goes above and beyond to keep them comfortable. He doesn't walk, but runs from one patient to another... if he only had roller skates! He explains what every medication and treatment is for, so he is a terrific educator. He has a great sense of humor. He has been my nurse for 2-3 hospital stays... and always has a smile. He should be nurse of the year. He does nursing the way it should be done.



October 2018

Cathy Bowen, an RN in Pre-Op with Gwinnett DaySurgery was named a DAISY Award winner for October. Here is an excerpt from her award nomination:

I have had the honor of working with this nurse for 25+ years. She is a rock solid bedside nurse, with superb skills and a very able charge nurse. She is patient with all staff (medical and nursing), quietly going about her charge duties, seemingly never getting ruffled with the hectic pace of our unit. She is fair, honest and quick on her feet, even-tempered with all of our staff. This is not something easily accomplished on some days! 

She is very thorough with her assessments, sharing her information and teaching younger staff as she goes. She handles our surgeons with kid gloves, maneuvering them through tense times. She has a special heart for our organization, its leaders and her peers as well as some of our specialized populations such as GI patients. She gives them the utmost dignity in dire situations, and encouragement.

She is just as comfortable at the bedside as she is behind the desk, handling problems, add-ons and other concerns. She has a special empathy for our cancer patients as she is a three year survivor! She is a wealth of information for these cases. Being a DAISY winner myself, I think she is the absolute epitome of a DAISY nurse, so well rounded, well-seasoned and so strong in her skills. I think nursing chooses us, we don't choose nursing, and nursing has definitely chosen this nurse as one of its most special!

September 2018

Bethany Escobar, an RN in surg/ortho at GMC-Duluth, was named the DAISY Award winner in September. Her nomination follows: 

Bethany Escobar goes above and beyond for her patients. Last week she came in on her day off to spend time with one of our long term care patients. She helped to get the patient showered, painted her fingernails and helped her get in to the recliner chair. She took the patient outside for a few minutes so she could smell the fresh air and feel the sunshine. This patient has been in the hospital since January and this was her first time outside since then! She is just awesome!  Outgoing personality and she helps without asking.  She made me feel at home! She checked on me and made sure I was comfy! She was a delight to have as a nurse!



July 2018

Joan Sinclair, an RN in procedural nursing at GMC-Duluth, was named the DAISY Award winner in July. Her nomination follows: 

Joan has been my nurse every six weeks, when I get my infusion. She manages my treatment with the highest level of professionalism, skill and compassion. I have had many reactions during the infusions, and she has always identified the reaction quickly and given me the needed medications for each emergency. She keeps me calm and comfortable. She is an outstanding role model for the nursing profession.



June 2018

Jessica Waddy, an RN in the CVC at GMC-Lawrenceville, was named the June 2018 DAISY Award winner. An excerpt from her nominations follows:

Jessica has a great heart that shows caring and professionalism in all she does. She is a great communicator and person that shows wonderful compassion in all her actions. She made a stressful time bearable and helped the family members feel at ease. Another patient only spoke a foreign language, but had family members that did speak English. She was very thorough in communication with procedures as they were deciding between open heart surgery or additional stenting. She took the time to ensure the patient understood their options. The surgeons and cardiologists had good communication between the groups and the patient eventually decided on additional stents.


May 2018

Karen Smith, an RN in the GMC-Duluth ICU/IMCU, was named the May 2018 DAISY Award winner. An excerpt from her nomination follows:

Karen is very professional and on her job. She is patient, professional and she took time to understand the patient's needs and concerns. She is also very good at follow-up on a patient's concerns. She stayed on top of things until a resolution was found. She is very knowledgeable and upbeat.

She made sure we were heard, understood and validated. She took the time to genuinely address our concerns, followed up with the doctor for us and kept us informed. She also made sure my fiancee had a guest tray to eat and checked in with us after her shift ended. Her selfless care to everyone was so appreciated and we know she gave the same care to everyone in her section. She was always accessible and never made us feel like we were imposing.  


April 2018

Sherley Jussome, an RN in the GMC-Lawrenceville Pre-op, was named the April 2018 DAISY Award winner. An excerpt from her nomination follows:

During my stay at GMC, my husband and I were very concerned about my recovery. This nurse greeted us and took time to listen and address my concerns. She asked if I was satisfied with our discussion and if I'd like her to contact our doctor.

She gave me a lot of information and reviewed it with me and my husband. She printed Krames teaching guides and continued to check on us throughout her shift. My husband and I were very confident during shift change as we were well informed.

This nurse showed a lot of compassion and patience and was very empathetic to our needs and concerns. Thank you so much, sweet nurse, for all you do!


March 2018

Valyncia Carter, a nurse in ICU/IMCU at GMC-Duluth, received the DAISY Award in March. Read her nomination below:

She radiates warmth and generosity. She is very patient and truly listens. She is extremely professional while remaining completely humane. Her sympathy and care of me will not be forgotten. She is a tremendous member of your organization.

During the evening while on the regular floor, my husband's blood pressure dropped and he was unresponsive. We yelled for staff and the team from ICU arrived. She sprang into action and directed everyone on what to do. She brought him back from crashing. If it weren't for her quick response and knowledge my husband would have died. She saved his life and she is a HERO!


February 2018

Taurus Womble, RN in the Emergency Department at GMC-Lawrenceville, was named the February DAISY Award for providing compassionate care. An excerpt from his nomination reads: 

I am nominating this nurse because he is very deserving. He has been with the system since 2012. He is known for his consistent compassionate care. He is a patient advocate always, even if he is the only one. The department lights up when he clocks in. He is happy to be here and it shows. He is an excellent critical care nurse and more important than that is he takes care of his patients with his heart.

This is one example of his practice: the supervisor on nightshift received a call from the crisis team from the Gwinnett Police Dept saying a lady and her two children were in a hotel lobby and the hotel was not allowing her to stay because she could not pay for the room. They were calling to see we if we would allow them to stay in our lobby overnight when in the morning someone would be able to find shelter for them. It was approved.

The supervisor then called this nurse to be on the lookout for this family, who didn't show as the police did not know we had okayed this request. This is when his heart takes over. He went around to his co-workers and collected enough funds to pay for a night's stay in the hotel and some extra for food. He then reached out to the Gwinnett Police Dept and they informed him what hotel they were in.

When he got off work at 3 a.m., he drove to the hotel and met this family and paid for their room. He found out while he was there this family were evacuees from Florida and arrived here with nothing. He returned to the his dept, found some appropriate clothing from what had been left in the department and drove back to the hotel to give the family clothing for cooler weather.

I am certain this act of kindness not only affected the family but the hotel staff also. It made an impact on our staff as it reminded us why we are all here. This is just one example of how this nurse nurses with his heart!

January 2018

Adrienne Nickerson, an RN in the GMC-Lawrenceville Pre-op, is the January DAISY Award winner. An excerpt from her nomination follows:

I wanted to thank your staff for making an emotionally challenging time into a pleasant experience. My wife and I want to acknowledge Adrienne for her amazing ability to connect and diffuse a very emotionally charged event. We have had a number of visits to the OR for one reason or another over the years and I will tell you the experience we had with Adrienne was the best ever. 

My wife was admitted for cancer surgery and was quite emotional and scared. This nurse met us as we entered the pre-op and took us to our room. She was not only professional and thorough but incredibly empathetic while showing a sincere desire to immediately connect as she calmed my wife. Her kind words and sense of humor were very helpful and welcomed. When the OR nurse came to take her to surgery, the nurse requested a few minutes alone with us and shared some encouraging words, assuring us all was well and we were in good hands.

Wow! What a simple but powerful moment before a major surgery/life event. That was pleasantly unexpected. Early in the evening, she made a surprise call to my wife's room to check on her. That was impressive! I can't tell you how much that meant to my wife and me at a critical time with us. Please share this with this nurse and let her know that she is impacting patient lives and making a difference.


2017 DAISY Award Winners


December 2017

Meagan David, RN, GMC-Duluth ICU/IMCU, received the December DAISY Award. An excerpt from her nomination follows: 

This nurse started with our unit as an extern. We knew right away she would grow to be an excellent nurse. Over the last six years, she has flourished. She is a positive role model through her clinical skills and compassion for her patients and colleagues. She has an eye for improvement both personally and professionally. She is able to easily assess situations and suggest opportunities to improve.

She conducts Environment of Care monitors to help keep our unit safe. She also participates in the Joint Commission readiness committee and performs the medical record audits to improve our documentation which reflects the exceptional care we provide our community. She is one of those people that draw you in. 

She is a joy to be around. Her bright demeanor and ability to empathize with families, patients and coworkers is appreciated by all who work beside her. An example showcases the superb care and compassion she provides our patients and families every day. She was caring for an elderly patient who was nearing the end of her life. She was calm and comforting to the patient and family. She made sure they all understood each intervention and that their questions and concerns were answered. 

Her ability to explain the rationales for our nursing and medical interventions while maintaining a personal connection with the family had a calming effect on the family. She explained the pain medication and reinforced her actions leaving the family at ease during this difficult time. The family was so appreciative that they made a point to seek out a nursing leader to recognize how much she did for them. They stated she was nothing short of amazing.

She was compassionate and caring and turned this grim event into a celebration of life. This nurse is frequently mentioned in letters and surveys as the most caring nurse they have ever had. A family had made a special trip back to the unit to describe their deep gratitude for the care provided by this nurse. She is compassionate and engaged in her patients' care and the overall care our unit provides to our community. Her inspiring attitude lights up our unit and makes it a better place to work.


October 2017

Donna Wickenden, RN in the GMC-Lawrenceville PACU, was named the winner of the October DAISY Award. Her award recognizes her incredible compassion during a very challenging time in a patient's life. Here is an excerpt from her nomination: 

This nurse is an excellent, knowledgeable and a compassionate nurse in her specialty. She does a lot of behind the scenes work to assure that patients are safe for surgery for day and night shift. One case I can recall that presents her true personality and passion for nursing was when she handled a fetal death situation.

The patient did not have the money for a burial of her baby, so Donna found and contacted a local funeral home that agreed to cremate the body at no charge to her. This happened preoperatively, before the patient had a surgery directly following on the heels of her baby's death. Donna went beyond the call of duty to help this grieving mother.


September 2017

Eric Lovelace, nurse on 7 South received the September DAISY Award. Here is an excerpt from his nomination:
This nurse is completely knowledgeable, proactive and not only explained what was going on but provided insight for upcoming treatments and experiences we were unfamiliar with. He took initiative to create a sleep schedule that provided the patient with critical rest and valued this as an essential part of the healing process. He was patient, concerned and efficient in all things.


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.


2016 Daisy Award Winners


October 2016

Michael Toby, an RN at the Center for Cancer Care, received the DAISY award for having a positive attitude and going above and beyond for his patients and coworkers. 

"This nurse goes beyond his daily duties to make sure that everyone is having a great day, co-workers and patients alike. He is one of a kind. He works hard and is very funny and professional. A person like him is hard to find and I am blessed to know him.  He is always happy and smiling and ready to work!"



September 2016

Deb Shannon, a nurse in ICU/IMCU at GMC-Duluth, received the DAISY award in September for providing compassionate care to a patient and his wife when he came in for a surgery. Here is what her patient had to say about her: 

"My wife and I want to submit nomination for the incredible care, help, mental and physical support we received from this nurse while I was recovering from surgery. The hospital care from the moment we walked in for surgery, to the time we walked out the next day heading home, was absolutely unexpected and above and beyond. My wife was directed to my room after surgery. I wasn't there yet but my wife was able to meet this nurse. She is one of the most caring women we have encountered in a long time. She made my wife feel at ease about how well my surgery went. Once in my room, she took excellent care of me. She was back the next day and my wife felt comfortable to know she was on duty to take care of me while my wife rested. Surgery by definition isn't supposed to be fun. I had [major throat surgery] to relieve severe sleep apnea. My wife and I were not prepared for how hard the recovery would be, but the highlight and only good part was our encounter with this nurse. She made us feel comfortable, showed my wife how to take care of me, and made a personal connection with us that showed how much she cared. We shared phots of our dogs and children and spoke about our families.  My wife has had several surgeries at different local hospitals and we have never had a "good" experience, but this surgery was a pleasurable experience. She truly made our experience the best it could possibly have been and we left with a smile and a good feeling in our hearts."


August 2016

Julie Rivas, an RN on 6 South, made a big impression on one of her patients for her attention to detail, her kindness, compassion and her willingness to go the extra mile.  

In the words of her patient:

"For the past three days, I received excellent care from all the staff here. Yet, I have to single out this nurse because she really went the extra mile. Every day she went through my medication with me and explained why it changed and what it was for. She also continued encouraging me to stay positive about my outcome.

Words alone are not enough to explain all she has done. Her knowledge in this field so impressed me that I knew I was in good hands. As busy as nurses are these days, somehow she found time to assist me to change my bed because the PCT was very busy as well. It showed a great example of the team player she was.

Every shift change she introduced me to the duty nurse and pretty much gave them a mini report on how my day was and what to look out for. She did an outstanding job and finally through various medication adjustments, my diabetes got under control. I could not thank her enough and we celebrated the wonderful change. So please thank her for me for a job well done."


July 2016

Lori Estep, a NICU nurse of 23 years, was named the July DAISY Award winner in recognition of for her compassion as well as her generosity and selflessness. Here is what the associate who nominated Lori said about her: 

"Lori Estep is a seasoned NICU nurse who surpasses the compassion and skill normally considered with standard neonatal nursing care. While all NICU nurses are dedicated to their job, this nurse stands out. She has worked for our unit for 23 years.

During those years, she has demonstrated outstanding patient care with extraordinary bedside skills. She works as a nurse preceptor and helped to establish our very first Admit Team as an original team member. Her compassion penetrates well beyond the bedside. She has the amazing ability to connect with families. She is a strong advocate for her tiny patients and skilled with the beautiful ability to maintain relationships long after a patient is discharged home.

One example is a sweet baby girl from a few years back. She took care of this particular patient for many difficult, exhausting days in NICU. When her tiny patient was discharged home, this infant’s mother faced many challenges with home care for her sweet girl. Since this nurse had established a beautiful rapport with this mom, she was the natural home resource for this family.

This relationship has blossomed and even now, a few years later, she is still in contact with this family and provides nursing advice and ‘babysitting’ on her own time. She has spent countless hours with this family in friendship and genuine love for her tiny patient. She has a big heart! She is unassuming and doesn’t talk much about her extraordinary generosity toward this family. I think it’s time we share her story of extraordinary compassion and tireless generosity for this sweet baby girl and her family."


June 2016

Mary Arackal, a nurse in the Center for Neuroscience at GMC-Lawrenceville, is our June DAISY Award winner! She was nominated by a patient who had this to say about her: 

This nurse had a warm welcome for us after a long, long day at the hospital—6 hours in surgery and 3 hours in recovery waiting for a room to become available.  

I know my husband was glad to be in a room and I was excited to finally see him after all those hours and know he was okay. 

You were very attentive to him and his request about his eye being in pain, scratched during the process. You were quick to get some meds ordered for his eye...thank you. When I finally left to go to the hotel for some rest, I knew John would be in good hands throughout the night.


May 2016

Jessica Tate, a nurse in the ED at GMC-Lawrenceville, is our May DAISY Award winner! She was nominated by her coworkers who had this to say about her:  

This nurse has gone above and beyond to help not only the patients but also the staff. She has started the Morale Committee to help boost the entire ER’s morale. I’ve seen her laugh, joke, and even cry with her patients.  

She sees the benefit of praising others, celebrating everyone’s accomplishments. She has made a Thank You board in our ER so that staff can post a little note to say thanks to other staff that helped them out. She then goes and gives each person who gets a note a sticker telling them that they are awesome and that someone has posted a note about them. That small note of just a few words brings so much happiness in the middle of some dreary days.  

Thanks Jessica for all you do for our patients, their families and your co-workers. 


April 2016

Judy Arnold, a nurse in the Center for Cancer Care, is our April DAISY Award winner. She was nominated by a patient who had this to say about her:

"Judy was the very first oncology nurse to greet me when I arrived there for my first chemo session. She welcomed me with a warm welcoming smile and a big hug to go with it. She very carefully explained the procedure and answered all my questions. She constantly checked on me and always encouraged me. And not only me - every one of her patients got the same love and care. She is a very special angel. She really deserves this award."

Thanks Judy for all you do for our patients and their families. 


March 2016

Erin Cooper, a nurse in Labor & Delivery, won the DAISY Award for March. 

Here's an excerpt from the nomination: "This past summer Erin took a leave of absence from Gwinnett Medical Center to travel halfway around the world to serve the people of Kenya. I met her for the first time when she arrived in our small town of Kisumu. She was traveling to work with a non-profit group that my husband and I help oversee in Kenya.  

During the summer months, we organize rural medical camps for those who have limited to no access to any medical care. We treat wounds and other basic maladies and provide the medicines needed for this treatment. Erin loved on and treated hundreds of patients. She assessed their needs and provided state-of-the art care.  

Little did I know how much she would bless my husband and me while she was serving in Kenya. During the summer we joked that she could deliver my baby should she need to do so. However, we preferred for the baby to be born in a hospital. When she arrived, I was 31 weeks pregnant.  

By the time we departed to Nairobi, where our hospital was located, I was half way through the 36th week. After going to the doctor at the end of week 37, he stated that I had intrauterine growth restriction and he wanted to deliver the baby in three days. We began to panic. This was our first baby. What were we going to do? What if we flew Erin to Nairobi to assist us in the labor and delivery process?

We phoned her and she agreed to come. The hospital allowed her to be my doula and participate in the labor and delivery process. What a blessing it turned out to be that the baby came early!  She was there to coach us through the entire course of labor and delivery. It was not ten minutes after my water broke that my contractions began. 

A little less than four hours later and we were holding our sweet baby in our arms. We could not have asked for a better nurse or friend that we found in Erin. She is immensely knowledgeable and even more compassionate and kind. We have even said that if another baby comes along while we are still living in Kenya, she has to be there for the delivery again. She truly was an angel sent from above."


February 2016

Shelle Vassell, a nurse in the Progressive Care Unit on 4 North, won the DAISY Award for February.

She was nominated by a patient’s family member who said:

"WOW!! Top notch sums it up. I couldn't wait to tell my family the awesome care my father was getting. She is extremely professional, caring, knowledgeable, prompt attention to every detail. Worked with her team but obvious to me she’s a leader! I hate to label her at this, because it sounds like she's old in age, but I've called her a veteran nurse and I have spoken highly of her to all. She even encouraged me to get some rest!"

Thanks, Shelle for all you do for our patients and their families!



January 2016


Jennie Mathen, who works on 5 North at GMC-Lawrenceville, was nominated for the DAISY Award by a cardiac patient who wrote:

"I was experiencing tremendous angst and fear over the prospect of open heart surgery. During this time, I noticed all the nurses exemplified professionalism that was a comfort to me as a patient. There is one nurse who I feel should be recognized for her nursing talent, compassion and caring. She spent time with me and helped allay my fears with explanations of the upcoming procedures. She always had a kind word and a smile on her face. I never felt like she needed to be anywhere but there taking care of me and my health needs. She exemplifies that quality that she really cares about the patient, their health and well-being."

Thanks, Jennie, for all you do for our patients!

2015 Daisy Award Winners

December 2015

Jennifer Nelson, who works on 6 South at GMC-Lawrenceville, is the December recipient of the DAISY Award. She was nominated by an associate, who said, “Overall, this nurse is a charge nurse, preceptor and leads by example. Her patients always have wonderful things to say about her. She is also a leader in safety, being commended by risk management for displaying excellent safety in the face of uncertainty. She is always willing to cover a shift or come in on her day off to ensure adequate nursing staff for patient's safety.”

The nominating associate also gave one example of the way in which Jennifer gives extraordinary care. Here’s a summary of the incident:

While caring for one of her patients Jennifer noticed the patient’s sister, who was visiting, wasn’t well. The visitor complained of chest pain. Jennifer quickly assessed her and got her to the ED. Indeed, it was a heart attack. Jennifer’s quick action and compassion saved this visitor and allowed her to return to thank Jennifer.

Thanks for all you do for our patients and your fellow associates, Jennifer!

November 2015

Catherine Norton, a nurse in Medical/Telemetry at GMC-Duluth, was nominated for the DAISY Award for going above and beyond to care for her patients on a daily basis. The nomination reads: 

"I would like to nominate this nurse for the DAISY award. I have had the pleasure of working with her over the last year and witness daily her compassion for patients. As many units go, ours can be quite challenging and she is amazing with all patients and family she encounters. There is one patient that she truly demonstrated such empathy and grace. This young lady was dealing with some very difficult circumstances and had been for quite a while.  The hospital setting can be extremely stressful for patients and at times tensions run high and care can be difficult. This particular case was quite challenging...enter this nurse. Her gentle touch, kind demeanor and most importantly empathy allowed this patient to develop trust with the staff on our unit. During the shifts they were together the patient opened up about the difficulties she had encountered and she was able to give the patient the care she needed (through communicating with physicians and case management). Often times the hospital setting can be fast moving and abrasive, honestly quite scary for the patient. She reminds me of the importance of "seeing the patient" stepping back and remembering why I am truly here. She is kind and so full of compassion for all she encounters. May every unit be as fortunate as to have a Catherine!"


October 2015

Nancy Johnson, a nurse in the ICU/IMCU at GMC-Duluth, was nominated for the DAISY Award for her great attitude and desire to be a patient advocate. The nomination reads: 

"This nurse is a true team player, patient advocate and all round great nurse with a great attitude towards life. The following story is just one example of her compassion for her patients. She was assigned to a patient that was near the end of life. She spoke with the patient's son at the bedside just after he made the decision to move toward comfort care. She asked the young man, who appeared to be in his 20's if his mother would be coming up to be with him. He told her that his mother was deceased and the patient's mother was too ill to come to the hospital. The son himself asked if a chaplain was available. This nurse sprang into action. A call was placed to the on-call chaplain in Lawrenceville. That chaplain said that it may take a while for her to get to Duluth. Instead of assuming nothing else could be done, she brought her concerns to the shift supervisor. The nominee expressed concerns that the Chaplain could not get to the hospital before the patient expired. She was clearly upset and nearly in a panic. She had large tears in her eyes with compassion for her patient and his son at the bedside. We were moved by her compassion...we talked about how we used to gather around a patient's bed, sing and pray when we worked at Joan Glancy. We asked this nurse would she be OK with us doing this for her patient. She had a relieved look on her face, like, "yes, why not?" We all jumped into action. This nominee prepared the patient's son for the group of associates about to join them in the room. We all held hands, including the patient's son, making a circle. We asked the son if we could sing Amazing Grace. He said it was OK to do whatever you do. This patient was beginning to decline very fast. It was clear he was taking his last breaths as we arrived. We all joined hands and sang Amazing Grace and said the 23rd Psalm, ending with the PSC saying a very sweet prayer for the patient and his son. This nurse encouraged the patient's son to sit with his dad during the last moments of his life. The father passed away almost immediately. This really was a somber moment and very emotional for all of us. The son with tears in his eyes expressed his gratitude to all of us as hugs were exchanged. Our time frame was small, we acted quickly and we would like to bring attention to this nurse. Without her sense of urgency and passion, this blessed event may not have occurred. This nominee is a beacon of light and a nurse that works with this kind of expressed compassion in all that she does."

September 2015

Cindy Snyder, nurse practitioner with the Cancer Support Center, was nominated for the DAISY Award for going above and beyond for her patients. The nomination reads: 

"We were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. As the evaluation was in progress, this nurse gave us a blue, heart shaped stone. She said it was a worry stone. The stone had a small indentation where you could rub your thumb. Just a tangible thing to focus on when our minds were numb with fear. I carried it through all her treatments. Our battles with this horrible disease consisted of several surgeries along with countless tests and treatments. There were times of elation, times of despair and times it felt like we were winning. After 44 months of her heroic battles, we lost the war and she was gone. I am sure the worry stone had no magical powers and I am certain the nurse who gave it to us knew that. But I also think this nurse knew we were heading down a difficult path and felt it might provide some diversion - I suppose it did."


August 2015

Polly Davis, a nurse in Gwinnett DaySurgery, was nominated for the DAISY Award for being both a patient and nursing advocate. The nomination reads: 

"Polly has worked in our day surgery for many years and is a strong patient advocate. She is very thorough with her patients, taking her time to answer all questions and soothe ruffled emotions.  She is very reassuring.  Not only is she such a patient advocate, she is a nursing advocate. She is a strong resource for her staff, serving as the GYN resource nurse. She has been in management, education and staffing. Her director referred to her as the "consummate" OR nurse, stating she had strong skills in the OR and with her patient. 

There are so many times I look at her and just think, "WOW", and the best part of this is that it an everyday thing! She is frequently assigned Team Leader in the OR. As resource nurse of the GYN service, she has been transforming the preference cards for the many gyns we serve and our new group that has joined us. She has worked with each of them to make their transition as smooth as possible. She came in overnight during our code white to call our patients and keep them up with our schedule changes. Wish we had more like her here!!

July 2015

Brent Wall was nominated for the DAISY Award for providing compassionate care. The nomination reads: 

"This nurse deserves this award because he was the right person at the right time. We arrived scared and overwhelmed as we didn't know what to do. He made an invaluable difference in the course of recovery. His caring presence, knowledgeable presentation and availability to us (helping us think through the nature of the physical distress and how to care for it) gave us an anchor for a path to recovery. He gave us a foundation on which to launch and build a recovery program in a comprehensive manner. He is indeed a DAISY!"


June 2015

Daisy Award Winner Levi Dutton

Levi Dutton, a nurse in the ICU, was nominated by a patient's family for providing counsel, compassionate care and hope in a difficult situation for both the patient and the family. An excerpt from the nomination reads:

"We want to give special thanks to this nurse. He went above and beyond his calling as a nurse. He was with our son the first night he arrived and followed us through the journey. He made sure we never gave up on him. He kept him comfortable through his pain, made sure his hair looked nice and explained to us all about the gagging reflex and how our son's was so strong. He always reinforced to us that he wasn't in pain. When our son woke up, this nurse called in from home and insisted he talk to my husband to make sure what they were telling him was true. He came back to work and was amazed at my son's progress. Once moved to acute care, this nurse made every effort to continue to visit our son, counseling him on his future, helping him to see his full potential. Our son considers him to be a very good friend who has been there since day one. This man went above and beyond his call of duty and has made an everlasting impression in our lives."

Thank you, Levi, for the compassionate care and dedication you show to our patients!

May 2015

Daisy Award Winner Annette Kersting

Annette Kersting, a nurse in ICU/IMCU at GMC-Duluth, was nominated by one of her colleagues for her outstanding commitment to a patient and family during a difficult time. 

The nomination read:“Just this morning I noticed she was late leaving. I went up to her and asked what I could do to help her so she could go home. She said she was finishing her work, but that one of her patients was a DNR and would likely not make it through the next shift. She told me the family was coming in from out of town and she knew the day nurse was going to be very busy. She wanted to fix the patient’s hair, change her dressing and her lines and make the room and patient look nice. This way the family could have a better last memory and it might make it easier for them. I thought this was a very kind gesture. 

Most of us are so tired at the end of a shift that we are concerned about getting home. She goes the extra mile. She is not only kind to her patients, but she goes out of her way to be an outstanding coworker and peer. She is a mentor to returning nurses and her peers. She offers them encouragement to grow and learn.” Thank you, Annette, for going above and beyond to care for our patients and their families! 

April 2015

Daisy Award Winner Molly Mathew

Molly Mathew, a nurse in Med/ Telemetry at GMC-Duluth, was recently nominated by a patient’s wife for providing knowledge, expertise and compassionate care during her husband’s stay. The nomination read: “One evening in February my husband suffered a stroke and was in the hospital for several days.… He was transferred to St Joe's only because his vascular surgeon and cardiologist practiced there. While we were in Duluth, we had wonderful care from everyone. There was one who stood out from the rest. And I am eager to be able to express how much we appreciated not only her expertise but her loving care. I cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciated having this nurse take care of my husband. She always had a cheerful manner and took time to explain what was happening and what and when tests would be done. We had a greater knowledge of his condition and his improvement. She is so efficient but never rushed away when we had questions or concerns. I hated to leave her behind when we went to St. Joe's.… I mentioned to her that she was born to be a nurse. She broke into a huge smile and said she loved her job. That love showed through every minute she was with us. God blessed us with an almost complete recovery for my husband. I think that is due not only to his good doctors and a successful surgery, but also to the loving care from the nurse. Thank you for the opportunity to let you know how we feel.” 

March 2015

Daisy Award Winner Karen Zalewski

Karen Zalewski, a nurse in Labor and Delivery, was recently nominated by a nurse turned patient whose baby was stillborn. Her nomination described the scary and difficult situation that surrounded the delivery, but also described the compassionate care and support provided by Karen. An excerpt from the nomination is below: 

“I am a nurse on a unit at GMC. The roles were recently reversed and I became a sad and scared patient. Last month I heard the words a pregnant mommy never wants to hear – ‘there is no heartbeat.’ It was [in] this moment I began to live my worst nightmare. That afternoon I checked into Labor and Delivery to prepare to meet my angel baby. 

The day I met my little girl is the day I also met my living angel nurse. When she came in I was terrified. She came in when I was in the most pain and was dilated to 10. It was time to have an epidural. I probably waited too long, but she made sure I had what I needed. To be honest, at first, I didn’t think I wanted her to take care of me. I was overfilled with emotions and this stranger was coming in at the scariest point in this journey. The delivery was scary but I was in no pain and was very relaxed. I spent a couple of hours with my little one and Karen made sure I had this special time with her. At one point my legs were numb and my husband was having a breakdown. [Karen] picked him up for me, slid me over and put him in bed next to me. All day she was with us and treated us like parents. When I imagined how this day would unfold, I imagined we would deliver her and just be treated like a surgical patient and sent home. This was not the case at all. 

This nurse made my husband and I feel like parents that day. She made us realize that we are parents. This was my first pregnancy and the worst outcome possible. She was so kind and gentle. I have only been a nurse for one and a half years and I look at this nurse as the nurse I strive to be. I cannot think of someone better fit for this award.” 

Congratulations, Karen! What a true testament to what nursing is all about. Thank you for providing compassionate care and support when our patients need it most. 

January 2015

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Barbie Kozlowski, a nurse on 5 North, was nominated by a patient’s wife. Her nomination read: “This nurse is a deserving recipient of the DAISY Award because of her calm manner. She sat with my husband and me when he had a cardiac scare. She explained what was happening, what she was giving. The other nurses were great, but she knew just what to say. She is knowledgeable about the heart conditions and the effects of medicines. When my husband developed a reaction to nitroglycerin, she was very reassuring. She had a profound positive effect on us!” Congratulations, Barbie. Thank you for providing compassionate care!




2014 Daisy Award Winners

December 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Anne Adeseye, a nurse in Endoscopy at GMC-Duluth, was nominated for her commitment to her patients and her compassion in difficult situations. Her nomination read: “This nurse was with us when the doctor told us he found cancer on the colonoscopy. After the doctor left the room, she offered to pray with us. She said such a beautiful, touching prayer for my husband. She embraced both of us and provided words of encouragement. She exemplifies compassion, empathy and caring. She established a special connection with both of us at such a vulnerable moment in our lives. She is an exceptional nurse and very deserving of this award.” Congratulations, Anne. Thank you for your commitment and passion when caring for your patients. 


November 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Corry Meredith, a nurse in the ICU at GMC-Lawrenceville, was nominated by a patient. “Corry possesses outstanding working skills. She anticipated and took corrective action to avoid problems. She was exceptionally caring, compassionate and efficient. Her professionalism was reflected in the level of knowledge she communicated and the dedicated nursing she provided my father. Our family will always be grateful for her nursing skills, kindness and wonderful care.” Congratulations Corry! 

Daisy Award Winner Jill HendryOctober 2014

Holli Stewart, a nurse in Neuroscience, was nominated by a patient’s family for her supportive attitude and tireless dedication to her work. “I would like to nominate this nurse for the DAISY award because of her persistence and unwavering support. She worked tirelessly to aid my aunt who had a stroke. She came on her shift and demonstrated immense support as well as charismatic personality while putting my loved one at ease at a very precarious time in her life. She went the extra mile to ensure my family and I were comfortable during my aunt’s hospital stay.” Congratulations Holli! 

September 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Penny Odum, a nurse on 6 North, was nominated by a patient’s family for her compassionate care during his two month stay at GMC. Her nomination reads: “A deserving recipient of the DAISY award. She took care of my dad, who was a patient for two months on her unit. He was restrained most of the time because of his confusion. Many nights she sat with dad explaining over and over why he was in the hospital. One night she removed the restraints and let him move his arms. He looked at her and despite his trach, mouthed the words ‘I Love You.’ Another night he was given a paper so he could write. When this nurse was taking care of dad, I knew he was in good hands.”

August 2014

Sharon Anderson and Dorothy Poe 
These two nurses were nominated by a coworker for their kindness and compassion. An excerpt from their nomination read: “These two nurses are the epitome of kind, compassionate and patient nurses. I have worked with them for almost 20 years and they are so very consistent in their level of care. I have seen their beliefs put to work, praying over patients and our staff. I cannot imagine one winning this award without the other...On the other side of hospital nursing, they volunteer a week of their time, talent and money to go to Nicaragua serving on the GYN mission team with Dr. Wiist. They help collect supplies to send over all year long, cleaning, rewrapping, sterilizing and packaging, and then taking them to the Amigos for Christ HQ...They are both so well rounded, strong, advocating, caring nurses and I can think of no other who deserves this award more.” 

July 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Vickie Hyde, a nurse from Maternal Infant, was nominated by a colleague for the love, compassion and professionalism she brings to her job. Her nomination read: "The patients that she cares for love her. She has developed great skills that touch our patients. She consistently receives kudos from her patients. She has a special gift, a calming influence and empathetic manner. Vickie respects patients and has a strong commitment to families. She demonstrates clinical excellence and professionalism, and makes us proud of our profession. She is dedicated to her job and a preceptor in our unit.” 

June 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Karen Lowman, a nurse in Neuroscience, was nominated for her calming attitude and compassionate nature toward her patient and his mother. The nomination read: “Karen advanced the care and well-being of my son. She extended herself for [him] and me and alleviated a lot of our anxiety, gave focus and redirected the uncertainty about the course of treatment for suspected seizures. She took the time to care for me after her long shift ended and I appreciate it on behalf of my son.” 

May 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Cheryl Newman, a nurse in the ER at GMC-Lawrenceville, touched the lives of many when she went above and beyond the call of duty for a patient, who was completely deaf and did not read lips, and his faithful, four-legged companion, Lily. When she saw a need, Cheryl jumped into action to ensure that both the patient and his dog received the care they needed. An excerpt from her nomination reads: “This true life story has touched many of our lives in the ER and outside the ER. It reminds us of why we do what we do...I’ve never seen people treat a patient with such loving kindness. I am not surprised by Cheryl’s actions this night and after...She continues to be in touch with the patient and is available to help in any way that she can. Cheryl is customer service at its finest.”

April 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Jennifer Roos, a nurse on 6 South, was nominated for providing compassionate care every day and being a great role model to those around her. The nomination read: "This nurse was extremely sweet and caring. I was very sick and this nurse made me feel so much better with the care and kindness I was shown. It made my hospital stay more pleasant and I commend [her] for the care I had." Congratulations, Jennifer! Thank you for taking great care of our patients and leading by example.

March 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Lynn Downie, a nurse at the Outpatient Center at GMC-Duluth, was nominated for her ability to deeply connect with her patients, who describe her as amazing" and "the best." Her nomination read: "The nurse creates a powerful human connection with those that she comes in contact with. Her care and compassion is not easily forgotten." According to that same nomination, patients have also credited her with making their hospital experience great and providing exceptional care. Thank you and congratulations Lynn!

January 2014

Daisy Award Winner Jill Hendry

Jill Hendry, a nurse in Med/Telemetry at GMC-Duluth, was nominated for her positive, warm and caring attitude. “The patients know her, love her and relate to her when they won’t to anyone else. She knows all the patients and their families, and the physicians depend on her to let them know about personal issues that may affect the patient’s care. During the Christmas season this year, [she] felt very connected to all the patients on the fourth floor that would not be able to go home for the holiday. She wanted to recognize all of them and let them know that someone was thinking of them and cared about them. Many of our patients are all alone and have no one. She and her daughter baked cookies, bought candy and made Christmas decorations by hand for all the patients on the fourth floor. They then came in on Christmas and visited every patient and gave them the gift they made. I can tell you, it made a great deal of difference in their spirits and it was all they could talk about for days. This nurse is an angel and is also setting a wonderful example of caring and compassion for her daughter.”

2013 Daisy Award Winners

December 2013
Shabana Tharwani, a nurse in ICU at GMC-Lawrenceville, was nominated by a patient and a fellow associate for her calming and compassionate attitude. The patient’s nomination read: “This nurse is very kind and takes the time to let patients know the facts about the medicines and treatments. This makes you feel very safe. She has an overall pleasant attitude towards her position at GMC.”

The patient spoke to Shabana’s co-worker about the positive experience, prompting another nomination: “I have worked with this nurse for a number of years and can say what a fierce advocate she is. She exemplifies clinical aptitude and caring. We should all strive for this!” Great job, Shabana!

November 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Mercy Joseph, a nurse from 6 South, was nominated by?a patient for her compassion and dedication to patient care. The nomination read: “I was in so much pain and the nurse took the time to hold my hand and let me know that everything would be okay. The nurse also went above and beyond to find out how to help me with my medications so that I could be as pain free as possible. The nurse was so friendly and nice that this would be a great award for her. She always had a smile, a positive attitude and was awesome. There should be more nurses like this in healthcare.” Thanks, Mercy, for all you do for our patients!

October 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Danielle Pernas, a nurse on 5 North, was nominated by a physician for the exemplary care she provided one of her patients. Here is an excerpt from the nomination: “Thank you for your compassionate and expert care to our patient. The patient showed me the article that you found for her regarding exercise while she was immobilized in a sling. It was very kind of you to go out of your way to find this information for her and I plan to incorporate this into our practice for our pacemaker patients. You truly exemplify the spirit and culture that has made GMC a wonderful hospital in the eyes of our patients, doctors and nurses.” Way to go Danielle! Thank you for taking such great care of our patients.

October’s award presentation was a particularly special one for GMC as Tena Barnes Carraher attended and assisted in the presentation of the award. Carraher is the vice president, co-founder and South Eastern region program director of The Daisy Foundation. Her son, Patrick was the driving force behind the creation of the DAISY Award, which honors the skilled and compassionate care that Patrick received from nurses during the last weeks of his life. She is pictured to the right with Carol Danielson and Tina Smith.

September 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Donna Henderson, a nurse in Gwinnett DaySurgery, was nominated by her supervisor for receiving consistent positive feedback from the families of her patients. The nomination included an excerpt from a patient letter that said: “This nurse is an example of what a nurse should be. It is evident that this is [her] calling and this nurse doesn’t just do a good job; you can sense that this nurse loves the work and it is evident that this nurse cares. This nurse actually lifted everyone who stood in my room – family and the entire team up to the Lord in prayer. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen everywhere. This nurse has a special heart and I am thankful for it.” Way to go Donna for your compassion and caring attitude!

July 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Megan Brooks, a nurse on the 5th floor at GMC-Duluth, was recognized by a patient’s family member for providing care that went “above and beyond.” The nomination read: “My wife had been a patient in the hospital, to rehab, and back to the hospital since February. During the entire hospital stay, this nurse was the only RN to call me at home and give me an updated report on my wife before she got off duty. Now, if that isn’t above and beyond, I don’t know what is. This was so sweet and comforting to me; it really gave me piece of mind.” Way to go, Megan! Thanks for taking compassionate care to the next level!

June 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Leta Langfeldt, an RN on 7 South, was awarded this month’s DAISY Award. The co-worker who nominated her describes Leta as “a very dedicated, compassionate and extraordinary nurse. She demonstrates great interpersonal skills and is a true patient advocate.” When Leta is “in charge, the patients and staff always come first.” Leta was also recognized for her ability to connect with patients and their families and effectively address their needs. Thanks, Leta, for all you do for our patients and your fellow associates! 

May 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Barbara Huth, a nurse in the Float Pool at GMC-Lawrenceville, was nominated by a patient she cared for. The nomination read: “This person was an excellent nurse! This nurse went way beyond the call of duty to make sure I had what I needed. I could not say enough good things about this nurse. This nurse truly could not have done anything better in her care of me.” Congrats, Barbara! 


April 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley HinoteDanielle Verela, who works in the High Risk Pregnancy Unit at the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, was nominated for care she provided at a different hospital. The nomination includes a beautiful story that illustrates how compassionate care makes a difference in the lives of our patients. Sixteen years ago Danielle cared for a mother and her premature baby in Florida, and the mother declared that should she ever have a girl, she would name her after the “angel” that cared for her. “It gets better,” reads the nomination, “She discovered (while delivering her baby girl here at GMC) that our own, Danielle, from HRPU is and was [her] angel from 16 years ago!” When the baby was born, the patient named her Faith Patricia Danielle. Congratulations, Danielle, and thank you for providing great care then and now!  

March 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley Hinote

Jennifer Cary, who works in the Center for Neuroscience at GMC-Lawrenceville, was nominated by a patient’s family member. The nomination read: “The care and sensitivity shown to my family member’s wife was outstanding. My family member had a traumatic brain injury and had been taken off life support. The nurse offered to turn off the monitor so his wife could focus on him. The nurse showed his wife how to moisten his lips and help out when she saw that his wife just wanted to care for him.” Thanks, Jennifer, for all you do for our patients! 

February 2013

Daisy Award Winner Shelley HinoteShelley Hinote, who works in the ICU at GMC–Lawrenceville, was nominated by a patient’s family. The nomination read, “This nurse established a special connection with my brother and me while he was in the ICU. My brother was on a ventilator for several days, then extubated. He could barely get up and sit in a chair, but with this nurse’s help and enthusiastic, outstanding, professional care, he was able to walk around the nurse’s station with all kinds of tubes hanging from him. He was also very confused, but this nurse maintained great interpersonal skills with him to get through this period. This nurse is an excellent nurse and a great role model for the profession.” Thanks, Shelley, for all you do for our patients!

January 2013

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca DickensJenny Bloomfield, a nurse from 4 North, was nominated by both a patient and an associate. In part, the nomination read, “When this person is in charge, she is a great help to everyone, a great resource person and team player. No matter how busy she is, this nurse is always there when we need help.” And, “She is caring and knowledgeable and gives the best care possible to her patients.” Thanks, Jenny, for all you do for our patients and for your fellow associates!

2012 Daisy Award Winners

December 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca DickensDarlene Ablanedo, a nurse from medical oncology is the recipient of the December DAISY Award. Darlene was nominated by not one, but two patients. One patient talked about her compassion and bedside manner, while the other said, “She has really made a difference in my life as her patient with her teaching me to care for myself. She is an outstanding role model for the nursing profession.” Thanks Darlene, for all you do for our patients!

November 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca DickensSandy Al-Khalil, who works on 6 North at GMC-Lawrenceville, was nominated by a peer who is a family member of a patient. The nomination read, “This nurse helped my sister so much when she was a patient. She was encouraging and uplifting. Even when we were having a difficult time in the ICU, she was encouraging. Praises to this nurse for treating my sister as a person and not just another patient.” Thanks, Sandy, for all you do!

October 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca Dickens

Jennifer Rish was nominated by another associate, who noticed how compassionately – and successfully – she dealt with a difficult patient at Glancy Rehabilitation Center. All along this patient had been uncooperative, and discharge was no different. Jennifer spent four hours patiently going over discharge instructions. And by the time this patient left, he, too, was praising her care. Thanks, Jennifer for all you do for our patients!

September 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca Dickens

Denise Rodriguez, a nurse from GMC-Lawrenceville’s Medical Oncology/Renal floor was nominated by a patient who said that this nurse is always smiling, extremely helpful, gives extra attention and more than we asked for. Thanks, Denise, for all you do for our patients!




August 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca Dickens

Gretchen Hall, a nurse in ICU at GMC-Duluth, started out with a degree in elementary education, and later completed nursing school – her true calling. However, according to the colleague who nominated her for the August DAISY Award, Gretchen has never left off her teaching habits. “In the course of her more than 30-year career,” said the nomination, “she has changed the lives of many along the way.” The colleague explained how Gretchen has supported her own efforts to complete nursing school. “The fact that Gretchen had so much faith in me made me that much more determined to succeed,” she adds. “I can only strive to be as caring, compassionate and intuitive as she is. She is my mentor, role model and she is my friend.”  Thanks, Gretchen, for all you do for our patients and for our nurses and clinicians!

July 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca Dickens

Rose Lyn Quinn, 5 North is the July Daisy Award Winner. The nominating patient wrote: “I am a diabetic and had not eaten all day so when I got to the floor from the ER I was able to get some food thanks to this nurse constantly calling dietary. The next day I was to have a cardiac cath and was very nervous because I almost died with my last angioplasty. My nurse came into the room and said I’m ___ your nurse, what can I do to make you comfortable? She was kind enough to make sure my IV was inserted, that I wasn’t to be worried about the cath procedure because this nurse would share my story of my last bad experience with the team. She actually took a few moments to get to know ME and asked about my family. This nurse assured me that she would be back to care for me after my heart cath and was there. I let her know that there were no problems to report thanks to her sharing information with the right people. That night this nurse made sure I had dinner, got me some ice cream (my favorite food) helped me get cleaned up, remade my bed and got me all together again. It was her kindness that made me feel ok! I have been in seven different hospitals and NEVER have I had a more professional caretaker that was easy to talk to, always had a smile and sincerely wanted to make you comfortable.”

June 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca Dickens

Ed Hensley, who works in the ICU at GMC-Lawrenceville, received the June DAISY Award. Ed was nominated by a family member of a patient, who wrote, “On Saturday my sister was admitted to the ICU from the ER. I was here alone, very scared and very sad that my big sister was so sick. I was met by this nurse who gave me such compassion and comfort in the way he cared for my sister. This nurse made me smile through the tears of our first day in ICU, and to my surprise and delight this nurse was there on Sunday as well. I was so glad to see this person’s smiling face. You need more nurses like him. In my eyes, this person is a perfect diamond! A true gem for your unit.” Thank you Ed for all that you do for our patients.

May 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca Dickens

Patricia Ryan, who works on 4 North at GMC-Lawrenceville, received May’s DAISY Award. Her nomination stated, “ALL my visitors commented on how positive and professional and CARING she was. She truly made me feel cared for in my stay and had my well being at the front of her mind always…You can tell it’s not just a job for her -- it is a passion.” Thanks, Patricia, for all you do for our patients!


April 2012

Daisy Award Winner Rebecca DickensRebecca Dickens, a nurse in the Outpatient Treatment Center at GMC-Lawrenceville, received the April DAISY Award after being nominated by two patients. One nomination read, “This nurse gives extra attention to her patients and she is the ultimate professional… She puts my husband at ease and the experience is always positive.” In part, the other nomination read, “[She] fixes my room just the way I want it without me ever having to ask… Cancer is a very scary disease but she makes you feel that you are cared for and being taken care of and that everything will be just fine.” Thanks, Rebecca, for all you do for our patients and families!

March 2012

Daisy Award Winner Pat BrooksMichelle Gray is the well-deserved recipient of the March DAISY Award.  An RN in GMC’s NICU, Michelle was nominated by a young woman who met Michelle three years ago and now calls Michelle, mom.  The story that inspired her award began when Michelle encountered a patient reduced to tears at the prospect of taking her baby home from the NICU. “Alone and scared,” the patient couldn’t face the idea of bringing her “beautiful baby to a home filled with poverty and no food for [herself] let alone him.”  Michelle immediately began rounding up clothing, diapers and baby formula for the patient and she also gave the young mother her number to call if she needed anything else. Months passed and when the patient didn’t call, Michelle decided to make a visit to the young woman’s home. That’s when a very special relationship began to take hold.

Michelle realized that the baby was malnourished and had developmental issues and the mother was struggling with her responsibilities which included going to school and taking care of her baby.  Michelle offered once again to help. This time, the patient took her up on her offer. “Mrs. Michelle let me come over to her house for spring break my sophomore year in high school and that’s when we started to become inseparable.  I loved her, and if there was anything that I wanted more in my life was for my son to be healthy and to live in a safe home and for Mrs. Michelle to be my mother.”  At the end of the school year, she got her wish.  She moved in with Mrs. Michelle who she affectionately calls “mom.” Since that time, she has graduated from high school and started her freshman year in college and her baby is thriving.
Thanks, Michelle for being such an inspiration to us all!

February 2012

Daisy Award Winner Pat BrooksDixie Bennett, who works in the Outpatient Treatment Center at GMC-Lawrenceville, was awarded the February Daisy Award for her compassion and caring for a patient undergoing chemo. The nominating patient wrote, “I’ve never been the type of person to give up on life.  But that day was different. On that day, I felt complete burnout from this whole journey and the pain in my body.  I felt I had lost my focus in life. I will never forget what you did for me on that day as you helped me deal with my emotions and pain. ” After embracing the patient, Dixie got her permission to call her doctor for pain medication, and after the medication kicked in, the patient agreed to go through with her chemo treatment after all. “Your act of love and kindness told me that you genuinely cared what happens to me… [and] that you would not give up on me. You listened to what was on my heart and I believe you felt my pain.” Thank you, Dixie, for all you do for our patients!

January 2012

Daisy Award Winner Pat BrooksAngelina (Ann) Vincent, RN, Med/Surg 4th Floor, GMC-Duluth, is the January Daisy Award winner. She was nominated for her incredible empathy, skill and knowledge. One example was when she was caring for a young patient who had a debilitating stroke – Ann took time out of her hectic day to sit and talk with the patient and family. Thanks for all you do for our patients, Ann!


2011 Daisy Award Winners


December 2011
Daisy Award Winner Pat BrooksPat Brooks, RN
, a nurse in GMC-Lawrenceville’s Outpatient Treatment Center is the December recipient of the DAISY award. A patient nominated her, saying, “Even when my veins would disappear on her, her patience and calm demeanor made me feel better. She is a healer with gentleness of hands and spirit.” Thanks Pat for all you do!


November 2011
Daisy Award Winner November 2011
The November recipient of the DAISY award was Jammie Miller, who works on 4 North at GMC-Lawrenceville. A patient’s family nominated Jammie, saying how moved they were that she stayed two hours after her shift ended, to comfort the family and ease their loved one’s passing. Thanks Jammie for all your compassionate care!


October 2011
Daisy Award October 2011Nancy Segal
, RN
, ICU, is this month’s recipient of the DAISY award. The family that nominated Nancy said, “Nancy has serious   professional  skill and knowledge, but how she goes about delivering that competency is a gift to both the patient and the family. We really thank her for having that rare combination of making a very tough job look easy and showing her ‘love’ for her patients and her profession. What a joyous and enthusiastic healer. Thank you!”

September 2011

September 2011 Daisy Award Winner Soomee PakThe September DAISY Award winner was Soomee Pak, who works in the ICU at GMC–Lawrenceville. A patient’s friend nominated Soomee, citing the extraordinary compassion and kindness she showed during the last stage of her friend’s life. The nomination read, in part, “God bless you and give you many more years to provide your very special nursing care.” Thank you, Soomee, for all you do for our patients.


August 2011
August 2011 Daisy Award Winner Michelle LeonardMichelle Leonard
was awarded the DAISY Award for August. The family member who nominated Michelle was so impressed with the level of care given to her mother after her surgery, that she also nominated two other nurses, Ginou Porcena and Judy Smith, from the 5th floor (Ortho/Surgical) at GMC-Duluth.



May and June 2011
May and June 2011 Daisy Award Winners Ashley Pinson and Dana Lindsey Ashley Pinson was awarded the DAISY Award for May and Dana Lindsey, for June. This team works together on 5 North at GMC-Lawrenceville, and they were nominated together by a grateful patient. The patient said, “I was brought to your floor, upset and scared, especially about insulin. At the time I was brought up, Ashley was the nurse and made me feel so good and kept reassuring me. This nurse is full of life, love and compassion I then met Dana, another amazing young person. You truly feel like you are in good hands. I went home but came back three days later in atrial fibrillation. Again, these two reassured me, getting my heart under control and holding my upset hands, bringing a bright smile into my room. I was there 11 days but these two nurses made all the difference.”

April 2011
May 2011 Daisy Award Winner Lisa HarterApril’s Daisy Award was presented to Lisa Harter in the GMC–Lawrenceville Emergency department. Her nominating peers said, “She does not sit by idle while her co-workers are drowning in work. She steps right in, going above and beyond what is required and asked of her and truly is a team player. She is gentle and compassionate, and very personable with patients and families, always finding some common ground in which to bond with them. Many times I have seen her give her own lunch money or spare change in order to help patients pay for a taxi when they have no other way to get home. This nurse truly is a joy to work with, providing valuable knowledge and support to our department.”

March 2011
April 2011 Daisy Award Winner Yvrose RocheYvrose “Yve” Roche, RN. The Daisy Award for March was bittersweet. Yvrose “Yve” Roche, RN, a nurse in the outpatient treatment center was given the award posthumously. Her family attended the ceremony to receive the award in her name. Yve was nominated by seven of her peers, and their glowing words confirm that there are saints among us every day.

Here is one of the nominations: "Yve shows her patients compassion while providing them with outstanding, competent care. What makes Yve unique is that she herself is battling breast cancer. She receives her chemo on Fridays and then cares for patients the following week. She never shows her own distress and often works through her own fatigue and nausea. She never complains. She always has a smile on her face, regardless of what she is personally going through. She is willing to share her story with patients and provides much comfort to those sharing the same disease. Yve inspires her co-workers to be the best they can be."

February 2011
February 2011 Daisy Award Winner Angela EarleyAngela Earley, RN, works in the ICU at GMC-D. She started as a new grad in the resident program in 2006, and a nominating peer said, “She has the intuition of a seasoned nurse of 30 years packed into her four years of experience.” Another said, “She is frequently mentioned in patient letters as ‘an angel.’ She also makes a point to treat all associates in all departments as if they are a top priority.” Congratulations, Angela!


January 2011
January 2011 Daisy Award Winner Kristi CohronJanuary’s Daisy Award winner, Kristi Cohron, RN, 4th floor, GMC-Duluth, was nominated with these words. “As a relief charge nurse she is an outstanding role model for this unit. One incident in particular comes to mind -- when a young patient found out she had metastatic cancer Kristi sat and talked at length with the patient and contacted social work and a chaplain immediately. Kristi shows empathy in all situations. She is unafraid to stand up for her patients and their care.” Congratulations, Kristi!



2010 Daisy Award Winners


December 2010
Kelly Scoggins, WOCN, RN, was nominated because she consistently shows care and compassion to all of the patients in the Wound Treatment Center and on the nursing units she serves. Kelly is the ultimate nurse! She is an excellent mentor and preceptor with our staff nurses on the units.


November 2010
Young Paik,
RN, Glancy Rehabilitation Center, was nominated for more than her smile, caring face and gentle manner, she is a very special nurse. This country is a new home for her and thus presented great challenges, including learning the English language and adapting to American nursing practices. One evening, she approached an erratic patient in a very calm manner and comforted them when no one else could.




October 2010
Daisy Award Winner Sarah SandersSara Sanders, RN, Surgical Services, GMC–Lawrenceville, was nominated for the Daisy Award by a colleague, who wrote, “This nurse gives so much to every patient. I’ve seen this nurse urge a young mother of 5 to push herself to walk up and down the halls day after day...I watched this nurse take restraints off an agitated elderly patient and sit with her arms around the patient until the patient fell asleep...This nurse was with the patient every step of the way.”



September 2010
Daisy Award Winner Tom MichelTom Michel, RN-ICU, GMC–Lawrenceville, was nominated for the Daisy Award by a colleague, who wrote, “Tom is such a kind individual. Helpful to others, dignified. He is an awesome example of ‘The Total Nurse’—kind, compassionate, humble.”



August 2010



Daisy Award Winner Molly Horman

Molly Horman, staff nurse, NICU, was nominated for the Daisy Award by a colleague who noted all her hard work and dedication. She gives her all, every day for our patients and families in the NICU.




July 2010
Daisy Award Winner Gayle HayesGayle Hayes, nurse clinician, surgical interview, was the first winner of GMC’s monthly DAISY Award.