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Piedmont Fayette nurses receives DAISY Awards for extraordinary care

Piedmont Fayette nurses Ellen McCrae (above) and Yvonne Conaway (below) recently were honored with prestigious DAISY Awards for extraordinary care.

yvonne-conawayEllen McRae, RN, and Yvonne Conaway, RN, were recently presented with the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.
McRae was nominated by a family member of a former patient, who lauded her for her compassion and concern while the family faced a difficult situation. She was praised for being straight-forward, honest, sincere, and respectful. The nomination letter added that the death of a loved one can be a traumatic experience, but the family was eternally grateful to McRae for making the process less painful because of the care their loved one received at Piedmont Fayette.
“We’re very happy to honor Ellen with the DAISY award,” said Judy Long, RN, MS, CNS, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “When a patient takes the time to send a letter to thank his or her nurse, we know the care that patient received was exceptional.”
Conaway was recognized by a family for stellar service and exemplary care for mother and child, both before and after a complicated birth. The family felt that Conaway should serve as an excellent example for all nurses. “She seemed to know when my wife needed to talk, when she needed to be left alone, and when she just needed a hug,” the letter stated.
Tracie Delally, director of Women’s Services, nominated Conaway for the award and was happy to be able to present it at the brief, but emotional, ceremony. “You are very deserving of this award and I’m very proud of you,” Delally said.
“Participating in the DAISY Award program is one way we honor our nurses who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional patient care,” said Long. “They are often unsung heroes and we want them to know they are highly valued and we appreciate what they do.”
Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Honorees are selected quarterly by a selection committee and nursing administration team.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
For more information about the Daisy Award, visit daisyfoundation.org
For more information about nursing career opportunities at Piedmont Fayette, visit piedmont.org.