March 29, 2018– Southeast Georgia Health System presented The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses to Sondra McCollough, R.N., in recognition of
the care and compassion she provides every day 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.
McCollough was nominated for The DAISY Award by the mother of a pediatric
patient she cared for at the Health System’s Camden Campus. The
mother wrote in her nomination that her daughter’s nurse was, “the
most compassionate, caring, understanding and lovable nurse I had ever
interacted with. She would check in on my daughter just to do it, and
she would bring us apple juice, apple sauce, popsicles, Jell-O and a book
to help calm her. She even gave her a little Santa pin to make her smile.
She was easy and so gentle with my little girl and didn’t force
her to do anything that would extremely upset her. I just want to express
my gratitude to Sondra and thank her for being fantastic at her job and
caring for her patients.”
McCollough was presented with the DAISY Award by Lisa Dickerson, MBA, BSN,
assistant administrator, Camden Campus, in front of her peers, Health
System leadership and physicians. She received daisies, balloons and a
certificate, commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”
Her certificates 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.” She also received “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.