March 18, 2014
Salem, VA, March, 2014 – The nurses who staff the fourth floor of LewisGale Hospital Alleghany are getting special recognition for the care they provide to patient and her family during the last days of her life. A reception was recently held to honor these nurses with the both the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses and the I-Care award. The five registered nurses receiving Daisy wards included Beth Easter, RN; Cate Dressler, RN; Tammy Hepler, RN; Guy Richards, RN; and Allison Riddle, RN. The three nurses receiving the I-Care award included Barbara Gum, LPN; Susan Nicely, PCA; and Lavonne Pleasant-Smith, PCA.
During the reception, the family members expressed how they were overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion these nurses showed during this difficult time. The shared numerous examples of how each nurse made a difference.
“We were treated like a member of their family,” said one family member.
“Guy saw that I was having a particularly bad night,” recalled one daughter. “He came in and sat beside me and told me he had only had one other patient die but he was honored to be there with me tonight and help me through this. I will never forget those words and I will never forget how Guy and the others made us feel.”
“Even though Beth did not have Mom everyday she came by and spoke to us, touched us and let us know she and everyone else was there for us,” one family member said.
The family also presented the nurses with a special pen and inscription with the words, ‘Going Above and Beyond.’
“This nursing staff set the standard of care we want to provide to each of our patients every day,” said Charlotte Tyson, MHA, BSN, FACHE, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany CEO. “I’m honored to lead such an amazing group of nurses who are committed to excellence in patient care.”
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.