Pulaski, VA, March, 2015 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Donna Riner-Eads, R.N., was selected as the fourth 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.

For nearly four years, Donna has worked on the Medical Unit at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski. She not only cares for patients but often serves as the Charge Nurse, ensuring the unit runs smoothly. She is also Stroke Scale Certified which means she has additional training to identify neurological deficits in stroke patients.

Donna was nominated for the award by one of her co-workers who commend her ability to handle challenging situations all while keeping the patient first.

“She is soft spoken and compassionate even with the most difficult patients,” wrote Peyton Wheatley, on the nomination form. “There is always a ‘please’ and a ‘thank you’ when asking for assistance.”

Donna is also known for her willingness to help wherever needed. She fills in as Relief Clinical Coordinator and assists with training new staff when they arrive on her unit.

“Donna has been such a positive influence for the unit and leads by example,” said Lori Caudill, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Clinical Team Leader. “She is an enormous asset and delivers care to all patients with a positive, pleasant attitude and truly cares about everyone she encounters.”

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.