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Daisy Award Winners

Latest Daisy Award Winners and Recipients

Congratulations to each of our DAISY award recipients. Their incredible commitment to providing exceptional patient care is evidenced in each of their nomination stories listed below.

Dorothy Johnson, RN: June 2022 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

When you think about words that describe a nurse, the following come to mind: caring, compassionate, empathetic, and kind. When we think about the nurse being nominated for this DAISY award, those characteristics immediately come to mind, and more. Not only is she caring, compassionate, empathetic, and kind; but, she is loyal, attentive, intuitive, steadfast, professional, and trustworthy. She consistently gives her 150% every single shift and never waivers. She leads by example daily. She remains strong, even through the most problematic circumstances. One of the greatest attributes of this individual, is that she also remains positive and is a supporter for ALL of us when things get tough. For our patients and their families, during the most vulnerable time of their lives, she remains their rock. She encourages them, coaches them, provides thorough education to them, and pours herself into the Phoebe mission of making every life she touches, better. She has made this her mission for the past 31 years and has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals.

A recent patient joyfully returned to the 7th floor to thank this nurse for doing just that. The patient stated “I finally got to hug the nurse that saved my life. I love her so much. I thank all of the nurses on the 7th floor. I would not be here today without them.”

Congratulations Dorothy


Candice Chapel, RN: May 2022 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

"My water broke at 19 weeks pregnant. I wasn't laboring and was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics and rest. The next night, Candice was my nurse. Both her kids and my son were at a monster truck show. We talked about how much fun they were having and missing out on being there. Everything seemed well.

I had my antibiotics, listened to my baby girls heart rate, and went to the restroom before bed. I found that I was losing my baby girl. I alerted the nurses and Candice was beyond amazing. She helped me not only physically, but emotionally get through the events of the next several hours. She was there for me and my husband through the darkest moment of our lives. She went above and beyond caring for our sweet Emma and myself. The care and respect she showed our daughter was what struck me as exceptional.

No parent or family should ever lose their child and go through what we did, but having Candice as our nurse was just what we needed to make it through the worst night of our lives. I cannot thank her enough for her care, compassion, and respect she had for both me and my daughter."

Congratulations Candice


Brenda Eggers, RN, and Sarah Estrada, RN: May 2022 DAISY Winners

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

Brenda Eggers, RN, and Sarah Estrada, RN, were both awarded the DAISY award at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.

Brenda and Sarah were nominated by Lauren Turner because of their extraordinary kindness and compassion they showed her mother who had dementia. Lauren drove all the way from Bainbridge to be a part of the DAISY award ceremony held in early May.

Sarah is one of 44 International nurses currently working at Phoebe’s main campus in Albany and Phoebe Sumter. International nurses have played an important role in providing high quality care to patients as the health system continues to battle the nursing shortage. Over the last few years, four international nurses have been recognized with a DAISY award.

Congratulations Brenda and Sarah


Angie Korona, RN: DAISY Nurse Manager Award Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Angie Korona, RN, was recently recognized with the DAISY Nurse Manager award for her extraordinary work in leading the Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Clinic during the surges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are a few excerpts from her nominations:

“It has been an honor to be part of the team working in the mAbs unit. I've learned a lot from her along this journey. She truly wanted to help every patient that we could.  She worked tirelessly to ensure that we did.  KUDOS to her for amazing leadership.”

“The organization is fortunate to have such a dedicated leader, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn from her daily. Thank you, Angie!”

“I believe a huge KUDOS should go to you, Angie!! You have been the backbone of this operation, holding us all together! I do not believe this entire process would have been as smooth as it has been without you.”

Congratulations Angie


Ann McDuffie, RN: April 2022 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Ann McDuffie was my nurse for 3 days during my recent hospitalization at Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany, Georgia. In a time of understaffed and overworked nurses, she went above and beyond to ensure that I understood my illness and treatment, that I had everything  I needed to improve my comfort and manage my pain.  She listened inventively to my symptoms and concerns, and she was compassionate and took care of me as if I was the only patient she had. 

One example, I had been stuck 6 times to put in a central line and it came out. Rather than stick me multiple times to search for a new vein she contacted the doctor to ask for a mid-line since I needed to receive IV antibiotics for several days. This significantly improved the quality, effectiveness, and comfort of my care. 

She was patient to communicate with my family regarding my condition and care and even changed the water in the flowers when I wasn't able to do it myself! She assisted me with personal hygiene-She wasn't concerned about "that's not my job", she did whatever was needed to ensure that I had the best care.

I wish Ann McDuffie could be cloned and sent to hospitals across America-she is more than a nurse-she is a guardian angel!

Congratulations Ann


Jessica Harrell, RN: March 2022 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Jessica Harrell is an excellent co-worker. She not only makes sure her patients and family members are taken care of, but she also makes sure her co-workers are taken care of as well. There are many instances where Jessica has shown her full potential, but a particular day comes to mind where Jessica out shined us all.

Early December MICU had a patient who had been in the unit for over a week. Multiple tests and procedures were done throughout that time in order to determine what exactly it was that was making the patient so sick. No answers were coming. Jessica advocated for the patient and suggested the patient be transferred to another facility that offered a higher level of care.

The physician that was in ICU was unfamiliar with the outside hospital transfer processes, so Jessica without missing a beat researched different outside area hospitals to find which one would best suit the patients needs. Jessica found several, obtained the transfer center numbers of these facilities and helped our ICU physician navigate through the process until one of the facilities accepted the patient. She printed out all the necessary paperwork, obtained all the appropriate phone numbers and expedited the entire transfer process all while also including the patient's wife in the plan of care.

The best part of this is that the patient was not Jessica's patient. Jessica was our MET nurse that day and sat in on rounds and advocated for this patient. I have always been grateful to work side by side with Jessica, she really does go above and beyond for her patients, their families and her co-workers. Thank you for considering Jessica Harrell for the Daisy Award, it is very well deserved. - Mandy Batts, RN

Congratulations Jessica


Theresa Allauigan, RN: February 2022 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

"My daughter, TaKeashi Price, had a procedure with Dr. Talley and Theresa was her nurse. My daughter is high risk and her children are mostly premature. Theresa used her personal cell phone to text me updates on my only child. 

My daughter has two other children, ages 12 and 7, who were not allowed in the Labor and Delivery waiting area. When I left at 2 p.m. to pick up the kids from school, I was so nervous to leave my child in PACU not being able to see her before I left. Theresa promised me she would keep me informed and she did by texting me from her cell phone not calling from phoebe phone while she cared for all her patients.

When I returned with the kids, I could not leave the kids in the vehicle alone in the parking lot so I could not visit my daughter again. Theresa texted me still regular updates until my child was dismissed.

I thank God for such a sweet, loving, caring, kind-spirited nurse who was dedicated to providing excellent medical care to her patient and being dedicated to keeping the family informed step by step with the care. Theresa did not have to do this act of kindness this was beyond her job description. I am beyond grateful and ecstatically happy that Nurse Allauigan was our nurse this day. .RN Theresa Allauigan is definitely an extraordinary nurse. 

It is with great joy, kindness and thankfulness that I nominate Theresa Allauigan, RN for this prestigious award."

Congratulations Theresa


Kimberly Bartlett, RN: December 2021 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

"Kim is the best charge nurse I have ever worked with. She consistently goes above and beyond to help everyone in her path including patients, family members, physicians, unit nurses, techs, etc. She has a very nice disposition and is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Kim is definitely an asset to Phoebe. 

I am a travel nurse and have been floated all over the hospital for several weeks, as my position is labor pool float. My first day on the unit 2C, Kim made me feel very welcomed and helped out tremendously with my many discharges, as almost all my patients left before 1500 p.m. Not once though did I feel overwhelmed because Kim was always one step ahead and removed IV's, completed the paperwork and often already had transport arranged by the time I was finally caught up with charting. With that being said I have worked with other charge nurses at Phoebe and although they were helpful with discharges they lacked the over all happiness and willingness to help. Kim is very cheerful to work with and sets a positive mood for the day that others lack. It has truly been a pleasure to work with Kim."

Congratulations Kimberly


John Kilpatrick, RN: November 2021 DAISY Winner

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

I have watched John develop from a newly graduated nurse, to a competent, compassionate nurse. John always gives his all in patient care, education and interaction with patients and their families.

John is thorough and always makes sure his patients and his work space are in tip top shape. John stays busy throughout the shift, making sure all patients get the utmost care, and are treated with dignity and respect always.

I recently had an experience that really moved me involving John that I would like to share. John is always eager and willing to help our MICU team, without hesitation. John was assisting me with a particularly painful procedure for a patient. John utilized that time to build rapport with the patient, and used some of the information gleaned about the patient during that time to help distract her from the process. This included singing hymns and praying with the patient. This was so moving for me as it was difficult to do the procedure needing to be done since it caused her enormous amounts of pain. I am so thankful to have John on our team, and am looking forward to see his continued growth in his nursing career.

Congratulations John


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