The Daisy AwardDid a nurse give you wonderful care at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center? Nominate your nurse for the DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses give to patients. DAISY Award honorees at Piedmont Athens Regional consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary patient care. They're recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Background about the DAISY Award

The DAISY Award program is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation -- established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. Each DAISY Award honoree is recognized at a public ceremony and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer's Touch.

January 2017 Winner: Kim Waddy, RN

DAISY Award WinnerEva, Patient's Mother:
“Kim was extra extraordinary to our daughter Kaiden. Kaiden had a very difficult stay being admitted thinking she had a virus or food poisoning. Kim always walked in the room and brightened Kaiden’s day with a big smile on her face and with comfort helping her understand what she was going through. Kaiden would say herself, “Mom she knows me best. I love when she is here.” Kim was always on top of everything that made Kaiden comfortable whether it was an icepack or medication. She could just look at her and say, “She’s definitely running a fever.” She is an exceptional nurse. The day we got the news Kaiden’s appendix had ruptured, she held her hand and reminded her how strong and brave she was. Kim kept the family (and there were a lot of us) comfortable as well. She has a wonderful personality and no matter what, she was always smiling."

December 2016 Winner: Haley Simmons, RN, BSN

DAISY Award WinnerPatient:
"Haley went above and beyond to make sure we got whatever we needed. She was extremely helpful and answered our questions."

"Haley is a team player and is a joy to work with. She is definitely a patient advocate."

November 2016 Winner: Staci Njuguna, RN, BSN

DAISY Award WinnerSherry, Patient:
"All the nurses were incredibly caring and professional; however, Staci Njuguna gave me exceptional care. I was in pain and had lots of questions. Staci worked hard to make sure to check my charts from post-op, the ER and my previous night in the unit. She made sure I had questions ready for the doctor prior to his rounds. She stayed with me and made sure the doctor knew my medical history (my regular doctor who also performed my surgery was not on-call in a Saturday). She asked questions I wouldn't have thought to ask - but were so important. After the doctor signed discharge papers, Staci was made charge nurse for the unit. I know she could have transferred me to another nurse when she transferred the rest of her patients, but she didn't. She made sure I was completely ready to leave before going over discharge paperwork. I was provided with detailed printouts about my medical conditions and she went over how to care for my incision sites. I received strained noted firm her in my packet - and she even made sure I had the direct number for the floor in case I had additional questions. This was a very stressful - and painful - time for me. Staci was so understanding - especially when I told her I was alone for most of the day because I wanted to make sure my husband could take our boys to their regular Saturday activities. I could not have asked for a better nurse and Staci exhibits all the qualities of a Daisy Award recipient."

October 2016 Winner: Rebecca Rogers, RN, BSN

DAISY Award WinnerKelly, Co-Worker:
"Rebecca displayed a tremendous amount of teamwork and accountability when she floated to our department last week. She not only helped out Mother Baby, but she stepped up to also help Pediatrics and Labor and Delivery when they needed it ... all in the same day. She never once argued, questioned or hesitated when asked to help out the team. And, after all that flexibility, she stayed late to help complete a procedure on a baby in the NICU. Rebecca's ability to put the patient needs first was demonstrated when she went out of her way to help the entire Maternal Child Department. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to us all!"

DAISY Award Winner

September 2016 Winner: Laura Kent, RN

"When I first encountered Laura, she walked in with a smile to introduce herself. That smile resumed during the two shifts she cared for me. She would greet me every morning and say goodnight at the end of her shift.  She brought the 7 p.m.-7 a.m. nurse to meet me. I have been an in-patient only twice but I consider Laura the best RN I’ve had the pleasure of being my nurse. She made me feel special and I’ll never forget her." 

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