Southeast Georgia Health System recently presented
The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses to Christina Miller, R.N., in recognition of the kindness and compassion
she provides every day to her patients.
Christina Miller, R.N., a registered nurse in the
Cancer Care Center on the Brunswick Campus, was nominated for The DAISY Award by one of her
patients, Lillian Miller.
Excerpts from Miller’s nomination include, “At 85, I was diagnosed
with breast cancer. Although the doctors and nurses at the Health System
are exceptional people, one nurse truly made my year of treatment a pleasurable
journey. Christina reassured me through the course of chemo-radiation,
multiple scans, shots and medical tests. Going through this process was
not easy to navigate, but Christina became more than a nurse to me - she
became part of the family to us. She knew me and my hobbies, habits and
my favorite books, and she always brought me hot tea upon my arrival.
She was more than a compassionate nurse, always making me comfortable
with heated blankets and hot meals during my visits. Her infectious smile
and warm-hearted stories were very encouraging. She made me laugh often,
and discovered that she had actually visited my house when she was a teenager.
The cliché “it's a small world” has never been
truer. In summary, Christina not only answered all of my questions, she
served me in a manner that is above and beyond for the entire year of
treatment. I will never forget Christina’s kindness, compassion,
generosity and friendship. I can honestly say that I won’t miss
the treatments, but I will certainly miss her! She is by far one of the
best people that I have ever met, and I continue to call her my friend.
This journey has forged two kindred souls together and she will be forever
in my heart. Thank you Christina for everything you do today and always
for your patients.”
Miller also received “A Healer’s Touch” sculpture, hand-carved
by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, and 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 can 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, review the nominations and
determine The DAISY Award recipient(s). Awards are given monthly throughout the year.