Pulaski, VA, February, 2016 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Helen Hayner, RN, and Carmen Wright, RN, were recently selected as winners of the 2015 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award recognizes nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.
Helen Hayner, a Charge Nurse on the Intensive Care unit, is known for her hands-on leadership skills and the compassionate care she provides to each and every patient. She has worked at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski since 2013 and also serves as a preceptor for new employees.
“Helen has been called a guardian angel by some due to her gentle, healing touch,” said Amy Newberry, BSN, RN, Intensive Care and Cardiac Rehab Director. “She takes time to interact with her patients and families on both a professional and personal level.”
Carmen Wright, a Clinical Team Leader and Charge Nurse for the Emergency Department, is considered a valuable team member who is dedicated to her co-workers and her patients.
“Carmen is always willing to go above and beyond including coming in on her days off, staying over, and switching shift to ensure the schedule is covered,” said Nichole Davis, BSN, RN, ER Director. “She is an immense patient advocate who always puts her patients first.”
“Her continuous encourage and example keeps the department functioning at its peak,” said Dr. Joe Cacioppo.
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.