July 25, 2017 – Southeast Georgia Health System has presented The
DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses to Janice Crews, R.N., and Nicole
Shupe, R.N., BSN, honoring them for the care and compassion they provide
The DAISY Award is an international program that honors the compassionate
care and clinical excellence nurses bring to their patients every day.
Awards are presented based on nominations from patients, family, visitors
or colleagues. The Health System is proud to be among the health care
organizations participating in The DAISY Award program to recognize nurses
for the meaningful difference they make in the lives of others.
Crews was nominated for The DAISY Award by the wife of a patient she cared
for during his 38 day stay in the Health System’s Progressive Care
Unit on the Brunswick Campus. Her nomination read in part, “I thank
Janice for helping my husband live. She went above and beyond to give
him outstanding care. She was always a step ahead and alert to his condition.
She didn’t wait for someone to give her directions. She was just
like an angel. Remarkable and amazing, but humble. She worked very quietly
and didn’t want any recognition.”
Shupe’s DAISY Award nomination was submitted by a Miriam & Hugh
Nunnally Maternity Care Center, Brunswick Campus, patient. “I would
like to express my sincerest gratitude towards Niki,” the patient
stated. “You were very professional and you gave such great hospitality.
You made me feel very comfortable, loved and safe. Thank you for your
encouraging words. Thank you for your warm, loving hugs, and thank you
for staying by my side. I have been in and out of hospitals and I must
say I have never been treated with such compassion in my life. I will
never forget how wonderful you treated me, and once again, I say thank
you. You are the heart of health care. You rock.”
Crews and Shupe were presented their DAISY Awards by Judith Henson, R.N.,
BSN, MSA, vice president, Patient Care Services, in front of peers and
Health System leadership, including board members and physicians. Each
received daisies, balloons and a certificate commending them for being
an “Extraordinary Nurse.” Their certificates read: “In
deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful
difference you make in the lives of so many people.” They also each
received a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved
by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. And no DAISY presentation would
be complete without Grandy’s Sinnamon® Rolls donated by owners,
and siblings, Paul and Mary Kay Spence.
Created by The DAISY Foundation™ — an acronym for Diseases
Attacking the Immune SYstem— the DAISY Award was established by
family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes 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 Barnes
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 the patients’ family and friends.
Nurses may be nominated for The DAISY Award online at
sghs.org/daisy-award, or nominations may be placed in DAISY boxes located throughout the Health
System’s Brunswick and Camden campuses. A committee consisting of
Health System team members, including clinical and non-clinical staff,
leadership, medical staff and board members, will review the nominations
and determine The DAISY Award recipient(s). Awards will be given quarterly
throughout the year.