Pulaski, VA, December, 2014 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Debbie Pike, R.N., was selected as the third 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.

This is the second time in 2014 that the hospital has recognized Debbie for her service. In September she was named the Service Excellence Employee of the Month. Two of her co-workers nominated her for the most recent award based on her compassion for a stranded patient.

“Debra found out there was a patient stranded here at our emergency department with no way back to South Carolina,” said Joann Harrell, Registrar. “Debbie bought this patient a bus ticket out of her own pocketbook and even gave her enough to buy food. I know this was over $100, a lot of money to give to a stranger. Wow! What a nurse, employee, supervisor.”

Debbie Pike first began working at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski in 1990. Over the years, she has worked in several departments including the Intensive Care Unit. In her current role, she serves as a House Supervisor, overseeing all of the hospital’s nursing services on the evenings, weekends and holidays.

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.

About LewisGale Hospital Pulaski
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is a part of LewisGale Regional Health System which includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.