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TRHS honors Perlis with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Tift Regional’s Chief Nursing Executive Carol Smith (left) presents The DAISY Award to registered nurse Mary Perlis.

Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) honored Mary Perlis, RN with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the care and compassion provided by nurses every day.

Perlis is a registered nurse who serves as the Director of Outpatient Case Management for TRHS. Perlis works closely with physicians, nurses and social workers to help patients access needed community resources and obtain services such as long term care or home care after hospitalization.

Perlis has been with TRHS since 1991. She holds nursing degrees from the Tiftarea Technical Center, now Southern Regional Technical College-Tifton Campus, and Darton College, which was recently merged with Albany State University.

“Mary is known for her dedication to our patients, community and staff,” said TRHS Senior Vice President, Acute Care and Chief Nursing Executive Carol Smith, MBA, RN, NEA-BC. “She has often been described as having the soul of a saint. It is not uncommon to hear of Mary taking food to our patients, getting them to their appointments or just simply stopping-by to check on a patient. Her compassion radiates to those around her and her passion for nursing is unmatched. She is a true inspiration to others.”

Smith said the job of Perlis is to help patients work-out difficult situations and to help find funding to meet their needs.

“Mary meets the social needs of patients again-and-again without leaving them feeling exploited or abused,” said Smith. “She humbly coordinates these efforts without taking credit. She is blessed with an unwavering acceptance of others. When Mary approaches those in crisis, she is able to quickly and accurately identify their needs, establish their trust, and make them comfortable enough to accept the resources offered.”

Through nominations by patients, visitors and co-workers, a nurse is selected periodically by a special TRHS committee to receive The DAISY Award. DAISY 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 age 33 of 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.

One day while Patrick was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving cinnamon rolls to all the nurses in the award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

Visit to learn more about The DAISY Award.