Nurses at Greene County General Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Kensey Goad, RN, who works in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was the DAISY Award Winner. Kensey was nominated by a patient who deeply appreciated her compassion and excellent care.
Two nurses were recognized as DAISY Runners-Up: Susan O’Neall and Brooke Driscol; and nurses recognized as DAISY nominees included Jackie Goodwin, June Herndon, Sarah Hodson, Brandee McKee, Chris Moore, Adam Morrill, and Patrick Sparks.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Three times each year, a nurse is selected by Greene County General Hospital’s nursing administration to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
DAISY Award applications will be accepted year-round at the hospital. The nomination form is also available on the hospital’s website, www.greenecountyhospital.com.