Pulaski, VA, February, 2015 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski recently awarded the 2014 DAISY Team Award to the Surgical Services Unit. This is the first time the hospital has given out a team award. Previously, the DAISY award was only given to individual nurses for going above and beyond the call of duty.

“We know that team work is essential in healthcare and creates a more positive working environment which ultimately impacts the patients’ experience,” said Linda Shepherd, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. “This award honors that collaboration and recognizes the efforts of our nurses for making a difference in the lives of patients, the community and our employees.” The DAISY Team Award is given out annually to a team led by a nurse or a group of nurses that supports the hospital’s core values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.

The Surgical Services unit was recognized for making a difference in the community by participating as the “LewisGale Pulaski Heart Smarts” in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk last year. More than 17 surgical nurses and OR technologists joined together to form the team. The team was led by the hospital’s new Surgical Director, Amy Williams, RN.

“We were extremely excited and humbled to be recognized by our hospital in such a profound way,” said Amy. “The Heart Walk seemed like the perfect opportunity for team building all while giving back to a very important cause. This event has brought us closer together and we raised hundreds of dollars for the American Heart Association in the process.”

The Daisy Award 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.