Health System Honors Surgical Services Nurse With The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Care

Group of nurses holding Daisy award signJune 26, 2018 – Southeast Georgia Health System presented The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses to Paula Rooks, R.N., in recognition of the care and kindheartedness 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.

Rooks was nominated for The DAISY Award by the wife of a patient she cared for at the Health System’s Brunswick Campus. The nomination expressed how kind and caring Rooks was the night of her husband’s emergency. “We are from Iowa and came to St. Simons Island for the winter. My husband has numerous health issues and was recently diagnosed with ulcers. He was having lots of pain in his stomach area and it got worse the longer we drove. But of course, he didn’t tell me that. We drove for two days to our daughter’s home in Lawrenceville and spent Christmas Eve with them and headed to St. Simons Island on December 26. He was in more pain than he let on, and we ended up in the ER. It was decided that he need emergency surgery, so at 6:30 p.m., they took him to the OR. Paula was in charge of getting me to the waiting room. She asked if I wanted a drink and got me water and a couple cans of pop. I said I would really like some food. She found a boxed lunch, and it was delicious. She got me settled in the waiting room and gave me a number where I could reach her. As I was waiting, I realized my cell phone battery was almost gone and I needed my charging cord from my car. I had no idea how to find my car, so I called Paula. She walked me clear out to the ER entrance so I could find my car. I was going to move it closer, so she made sure I knew which door to use and how to get to the right elevator to get back to the waiting room. She even came to check on me after I got back to be sure I wasn’t lost somewhere. She made a very stressful time better. Thank you, Paula! After all that travel, you helped me restore my sanity.”

Rooks was presented with the DAISY Award by Judith Henson, R.N., BSN, MSA, vice president, Patient Care Services, 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, 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 quarterly throughout the year.