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Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - Hampshire Memorial Hospital Honors Nurses
Romney, WV– As part of its National Nurses’ Week celebration, held May 7, 2013, officials at Hampshire Memorial Hospital paid special tribute to three nurses for their exceptional skills and steadfast commitment to providing outstanding care to the residents of Hampshire County.
Leigh Ann Herman, RN, who has worked on the hospital’s medical unit since 2011, was the recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Part of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, the DAISY Award is a national program that was established in 1999 by the Barnes family in memory of their son J. Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care their son received and created the DAISY Award as a way to recognize “the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.”
This marks the first year Hampshire Memorial has offered a DAISY Award. Herman was nominated for the award by two of her co-workers who stated that she “demonstrates compassion and caring to all of her patients as well as peers, and has been an exceptional mentor to nurses entering the profession.” Her nominators went on to say, “While it is a normal part of Leigh Ann’s day to make positive changes in a patient’s life, big or small, she deserves the DAISY award for being the excellent nurse that we all should strive to be.”
According to Gena Swisher, vice president of patient care services, each year during National Nurses’ Week, Hampshire will select a nurse to receive The DAISY Award. Winners receive a certificate of appreciation along with a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
At the May 7 celebration Hampshire Memorial also unveiled its new LPN Recognition of Excellence award, which was presented to two licensed practical nurses for their exemplary leadership, nursing education/preceptoring, and practice at HMH. Karen Haggerty, an LPN in the hospital’s Emergency Department, was nominated by her co-workers for her ability to work well with patients and peers. “Karen is the epitome of an excellent LPN and takes the extra steps to ensure patients are well cared for and have an understanding of what is happening to them while they are in the hospital,” states her nomination.
The second recipient was Megan Shoemaker, who has been an LPN in the hospital’s extended care facility for eight years. According to her nominators, “Megan goes above and beyond her duties to provide excellent care to our residents, and carries her compassion and caring attitude with her daily.”
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program and to introduce our LPN Recognition of Excellence award,” Swisher offers. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued,” she adds.