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LewisGale Hospital Alleghany Announces Winner of DAISY Award

September 03, 2013

Amanda Nichols

Low Moor, VA, September 2013 – LewisGale Hospital Alleghany has awarded one of its nurses, Amanda Nichols, R.N., the DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses.  The award recognizes nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

For the past four years, Amanda has worked as a nurse on the third floor of the hospital.  She is described by patients as someone who is always smiling and laughing. Some of her regular patients often ask for her by name.

“Amanda is a superstar,” said Robin Broughman, PhD, RN, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital. “It’s important that Amanda and all of our nurses know their work is highly valued. The DAISY award provides a way for us to do that.”

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 award at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany is co-sponsored by The Nursing Development and Retention Council.

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, Calif.  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.

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