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Extraordinary Nurse Recognized At Iredell Memorial Hospital


(Statesville, NC – May 22, 2014) –Lisa Tate, RN at Iredell Memorial Hospital is being honored next week with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.

Tate, who works on 2 North, was nominated by a patient that commended her on the excellent care that she provided to them during "a very fearful time."

"We are proud of Lisa and her DAISY Award, said Carol Biggs, interim vice president of Patient Care Services at Iredell Memorial Hospital. "Nurses are heroes every day. It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that."

DAISY award winners are selected at the facility level. Tate was honored at a presentation given in front of her nurse colleagues and physicians. She was given a certificate that reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Tate also received a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Iredell Memorial Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

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