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Phoebe Announces Latest DAISY Award Winner

Albany, GA | October 12, 2022 – When a family member is in the hospital, it can be stressful – no matter what the situation is. However, having a compassionate and caring nurse can make even the most difficult situations bearable. Katlyn Lawson, RN, was that nurse for a patient’s family and is Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s latest DAISY Award winner.

Katlyn, who works on the critical care unit, was nominated for the DAISY award by a patient’s daughter. According to the nomination, Katelyn was the patient’s nurse for 4 nights. “Katlyn cared for him extremely well and made sure that he was comfortable as possible. She sat with him so I could go to the restroom or get some food. She washed his hair and beard and combed them. She always asked if we needed anything and was a wonderful advocate for his care,” wrote the patient’s daughter.

While the patient did pass away, the daughter says Katlyn provided the highest quality care during his time in the hospital. “We could not have asked for a more wonderful nurse,” added the patient’s daughter.

Each month Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital awards a nurse with the DAISY Award. The DAISY award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick 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 Patrick 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 patient families.

At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.