Pulaski, VA, February, 2014 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Wendy Hay, R.N., was selected as the fourth quarter winner of the 2013 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award recognizes nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

Wendy has been a registered nurse for 25 years working with various departments including pediatrics, the progressive care unit, surgical unit and operation room. She graduated from Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in Barrie, Ontario, Canada in 1987.

She began her career at LewisGale in June of last year in the Intensive Care Unit, where she currently works as a charge nurse. Although Wendy has only been with the hospital for six months, she has already been nominated for the DAISY award twice.

“Wendy provides exceptional care to our ICU patients and exhibits service excellence every day,” said Martha Hatfield, R.N., BSN, Director of ICU. “She brings a wealth of clinical experience and leadership skills to our facility and we are extremely fortunate to have Wendy on our team.”

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.