Nurse Receives DAISY Award
Mandy Terry, RN, was recently nationally recognized with a DAISY Foundation Award. Terry is a nurse in the Intermediate Intensive Care Unit at Sparks Regional Medical Center. She joined Sparks in January of last year and has been a vital part of the nursing staff and is described as the “go-to” person by her supervisor.
“Her teamwork skills are superb and you can always tell from the atmosphere of the unit when she is working,” said Adam Cole, RN, CCRN, Clinical Manager of the Critical Care Division at Sparks. “During my daily rounds, I consistently hear from her patients and families how fantastic she is and how she takes great care of them.”
It’s that kind of compassionate care that earned Terry a DAISY Award. She was nominated by the family of a former patient.
“Never have I seen a nurse with more compassion for her patients and who gives such sincere, loving care,” one family member wrote. The patient’s wife also said Terry made their days “a little better” by always having a smile on her face.
Recipients of the DAISY Award get a banner to hang in their unit until the next award is given, a plaque and Daisy pin, and a “Healer’s Touch” sculpture handcrafted in Zimbabwe.
The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). “DAISY” is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Barnes’ family created the program as a way to acknowledge and show gratitude to exceptional nurses like the ones who took care of Barnes. The goal of this program is to inspire nurses and applaud them for their hard work.
Patients and their family members can nominate nurses who they feel go above and beyond to provide safe, quality medical care. Nomination letters can be placed in designated DAISY Award drop-off boxes throughout the hospital or mailed to Sparks Health System.
Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren, Sparks Clinic, Sparks PremierCare and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center