Pulaski, VA, April 29, 2013 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski has awarded one of its nurses, Debby Dishon, 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.

Debby was nominated by Cathy Smotrila, R.N., BS, CEN, Director, Emergency & Cardiovascular Services at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.

“Debby’s dedication to her patients is evident in all that she does,” Cathy said.  “Compassion drives her interactions with patients and their families. Recently, she assisted a gentleman in ordering an oversized atomic clock because he had difficulty seeing traditional sized clocks. This is just one of numerous examples of Debby going above and beyond for her patients. I am proud that Debby is a member of our team.”

Debbie has more than 20 years of Emergency Department nursing experience, 16 years of EMS experience and is a 14-year volunteer at the Pulaski Free Clinic.

“It is an honor to be recognized by your peers,” Debby says. “It is fulfilling to see what a difference I can make in a patient’s experience in the ED.”

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.

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