Phoebe Sumter Names First DAISY Award Winner of 2016

Published 5:31 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2016


AMERICUS – Phoebe Sumter Medical Center (PSMC) recently announced that Teresa Edwards, RN, is the first DAISY award winner of 2016. The goal of the award is to recognize excellence in the workplace by nurses.
Edwards, who works in the medical/surgical unit, was nominated by a patient she cared for and by a student she was precepting. Both wrote that Edwards goes above and beyond to make a special connection with her patients and their families – providing the care and education to meet the needs vital to healthy recovery and healing.
The patient wrote, “When I felt like giving up due to the pain and lack of understanding, she stepped up spiritually and professionally to assure me and my family that the doctors and nurses were working hard to get me well, which was no easy task. My adult children, sisters, brothers, loved ones and friends are still praising her with thanks.”
According the student/future nurse, “Each day she [Teresa] amazed me at how well she managed her time and connected with her patients. She is an awesome nurse and I learned so much from her in the time I got to spend with her. I hope I can be half the nurse she is!”
The DAISY Award, which is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Phoebe Putney Health System is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner.
Each quarter, PSMC selects a nurse to receive the DAISY Award based on criteria established by the hospital’s staff. At a presentation in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”