Nov. 15, 2017 – Southeast Georgia Health System has presented The
DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses to Mary Quigley, R.N., and Jose
“Mike” Soler, R.N., BSN, in recognition of the care and compassion
they provide to patients.
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.
Quigley was nominated for The DAISY Award by a patient she cared for in
the Critical Care Unit on the Health System’s Brunswick Campus.
The patient wrote in her nomination, “I was brought to the Southeast
Georgia Health System in December 2016. I know Mary met me, but I don’t
remember her. According to my family, she ‘saved my life’
after suggesting I be sent to Mayo, where I stayed until April 26, 2017.
I did not meet Mary until last week. The lovely lady threw her arms around
me crying with joy. I had no idea who she was. She said she recognized
me from my eyes. A friendship and a bond was made that day. Thanks to
her, I am alive today. Thank you for having her as one of your nurses.”
Soler’s DAISY Award nomination expressed a patient’s gratitude
for extra time and attention received while a medical/surgical inpatient
on the Brunswick Campus. “Mike was always on time with my medications
and bringing me anything I needed. One night I was hurting so much and
very depressed. Mike took his break to talk to me and comfort me. I lost
my love of 46 years recently and he had the right words I needed to hear.
Thanks to him, I was able to sleep that night. His kind words were like
a message from an angel.”
Quigley and Soler were presented their DAISY Awards by Judith Henson, R.N.,
BSN, MSA, vice president, Patient Care Services, in front of their peers,
Health System leadership 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 “A Healer’s
Touch” sculpture, 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.