Three MedWest Health System nurses presented national DAISY Awards
CLYDE, N.C. – In recognition of their outstanding nursing work, MedWest Health System and the American Organization of Nurse Executives have honored three MedWest nurses with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.
Nurses Celia Doyle of MedWest-Harris in Sylva, Lasha Plemmons of MedWest-Haywood in Clyde and Bill Armachain of MedWest-Swain in Bryson City each have been recognized with DAISY awards. These awards are part of the California-based DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the everyday extraordinary efforts nurses put forth in the caring of their patients.
Doyle works in the intensive care unit of MedWest-Harris and has been with the hospital for nearly five years. “I love that my job gives me the ability to provide for other people and their families by offering support, encouragement and caring at times when they most need it,” Doyle said.
The person who nominated Doyle for a DAISY Award wrote, “Celia is my RN hero. Not only do I admire her skills as an ICU RN, but I admire the fact that she was willing to step out of her highly specialized role to help me. She is a humble leader for all of us to follow.”
Plemmons, who has been with MedWest-Haywood since 2003 and works in the hospital’s medical/surgical department, said, “what I love most about my career is that it is a constant learning experience.”
In the nomination for her award, Plemmons was described as someone who “excels in communicating with the staff” and “gives prompt exact assignments to the CNAs, secretaries and fellow RNs regarding patient care and safety.”
Armachain works in the medical/surgical department of MedWest-Swain and has been with the hospital for more than 10 years. “It has been so rewarding to have patients and family members express their appreciation to others for the care I have provided,” he said.
Armachain’s nominator wrote of him: “He always seems to make his patients laugh no matter how bad they may feel. I have heard his patients say what a good nurse he is and that he talks to them in ways that they understand what is going on with them. And he is always willing to help out his co-workers when he can and I never hear him complain about it.”
Quarterly, MedWest Health System will present DAISY awards to three MedWest nurses. Nurses from MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood, MedWest-Swain and MedWest’s office practices, urgent care facilities and other outpatient facilities are all eligible for nomination for the awards.
All MedWest employees, physicians, patients, patients’ families and visitors are encouraged to submit nominations based on their own experiences with extraordinary nurses in the MedWest Health System. To nominate an extraordinary nurse, contact Tiffany Brackett at Tiffany.Brackett@haymed.org or (828) 452-8461. Nomination forms also are available at www.medwesthealth.org.
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. 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 patient families. For more information, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.