|Scott Cavanaugh, a registered nurse at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. From left are Lynnette Bennett, RN, program coordinator; Cavanaugh; Terri Brown, RN, Medical Services director; Becky Jackson, RN, clinical manager; and Cathy Ferguson, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer.|
Dalton, Ga. – Scott Cavanaugh, a registered nurse at
Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the DAISY Award for
Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award recognizes exemplary nursing
excellence, and is the highest honor a nurse can receive at Hamilton
Medical Center (HMC). An award presentation reception was recently held.
Cavanaugh was nominated four times by patients who mentioned characteristics like compassion, comforting and a cheerful smile in their nominations.
The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.
DAISY Award recipients receive an honorary DAISY pin, a banner to display on their unit, an award certificate, and the Healer’s Touch, a hand-carved sculpture by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona tribe gives to their traditional “healers.” A Shona healer is affectionately regarded as a treasure by those they are caring for which describes exactly how the DAISY Foundation and Hamilton feel about nurses.
Thirty other nurses were also nominated for the award. They include: Kimberly Bailey, Cynthia Bartley, Nancy Cope, Chris Doneski, Ashley Goniea, LaDonna Gray, Melanie Gregory, Michelle Haag, Juli Hayes, Angie Hart, Rebecca Hurst, Heather Humble, Laurie Johnson, Shana Kaiser, Cherie Knotts, Rachel Manis, Susan Meals, Sherri Morgan, Arilla Newman, Kellie Ogles, Grace Pierce, Brandy Setser, Rebecca Spange, Angela Stewart, Miriam Starr, Sherron Taylor, Panda Tollett, Amber Tuck, Tim Winterbottom and Cindy Young.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes 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. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.