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Extraordinary nurse recognized at Tift Regional Health System

A nurse from Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) was honored with the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The recipient of the DAISY Award is Kimberly Nixon Ward, RN in the Tift Regional Medical Center OB-GYN department.  Kimberly is the first recipient of the DAISY award at TRHS.  Kimberly was nominated anonymously by a patient who states, “Caring is the essence of nursing.  And a nurse’s ability to demonstrate understanding and compassion can be the cornerstone to connecting with their patients.  I was lucky enough to meet a nurse that I feel is a great example of what this profession is about.” The patient continued to explain their positive experience with Kimberly and the impact she made for the patient and their family.

"On the day of our discharge, Kimberly saw that we were sleeping as she was leaving. When I woke up there was a note on my bedside table.  She thanked me for allowing her to care for me and our baby.  The note was not long, it was not wordy; it was a perfect simple touch that just topped off her already ‘great’ care and made it ‘extraordinary,’” stated the patient.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Each quarter, a nurse will be selected by TRHS’s DAISY committee to receive The DAISY Award.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat 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.

Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at TRHS are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Said Carol M. Smith, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, “We are so proud of Kimberly for receiving this award. She is a fine example of all the great nurses we employ at Tift Regional, who do extraordinary things for our patients and their families every day. ” 

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