By CALVIN PYNN
LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski announced that Wendy Hay, R.N., was selected as the fourth quarter winner of the 2013 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
According to a news release from LewisGale Regional Health System, the award recognizes nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.
Hay has been a registered nurse for 25 years working with various departments including pediatrics, the progressive care unit, surgical unit and operation room. She graduated from Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in Barrie, Ontario, Canada in 1987.
According to the release, Hay began her career at LewisGale in June of last year in the Intensive Care Unit, where she currently works as a charge nurse. Although Wendy has only been with the hospital for six months, she has been nominated for the DAISY award twice.
Martha Hatfield, R.N., BSN, director of ICU, said in the release that Hay provides exceptional care to the hospital’s ICU patients, and exhibits service excellence daily.
“She brings a wealth of clinical experience and leadership skills to our facility and we are extremely fortunate to have Wendy on our team,” said Hatfield.
According to the release, LewisGale Regional Health System picks a new nurse every quarter at each of its four hospitals to honor with the award.
The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, California. The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease.
The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families. Today, there are more than 1,400 healthcare facilities around the country honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.