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Phoebe Announces March DAISY Award Winner

Albany, GA | April 18, 2023 – Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital recently awarded Danielle Haggins, RN, 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.

Tammy, who is a nurse on an acute care floor at Phoebe’s main campus, was nominated for the DAISY Award by a co-worker. “Danielle always arrives to work with a positive attitude and a smile on her face” wrote the co-worker.

According to the nomination letter, Danielle shows compassion with each one of her patients, always going above and beyond. She takes time to visit with her patients, not only to discuss medication and plan of care, but to have a friendly conversation.

Danielle’s coworker noted that on one occasion, Danielle took the time to brush knots out of a patient’s hair who had been in the unit for over a week. “The process took over half an hour, but Danielle made time to help the patient while educating her on her diagnosis. Her caring goes above the job of a nurse. She reaches out to help anyone she can, whether it is a patient, co-worker, or comforting a family member.” wrote the nominator.

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.

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