Pulaski, VA, May, 2014 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Hammond, R.N., was selected as the first quarter winner of the 2014 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award recognizes nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.
Elizabeth has been a registered nurse for two years working in the Med-Surgical Unit, most recently as the Clinical Coordinator. She is a graduate of New River Community College. She is known in her department for providing outstanding care to patients and demonstrating service excellence every day.
On her nomination form, one patient’s family expressed their gratitude for the care Elizabeth provided to their loved one.
“She was strong for my XXX but I saw her tears of compassion,” stated the family member. “She cared for me, too. I will never forget what Elizabeth did for me. She was special.”
Each quarter, LewisGale Regional Health System picks, from among the numerous nominations it receives, a new nurse at each of its four hospitals to recognize with the award.
The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, California. The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families. Today, there are more than 1,400 healthcare facilities around the country honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.