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DAISY Program Recognizes Outstanding TRH Nurses


A new program at Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) – the DAISY Award – will recognize registered nurses for their exceptional clinical skills and compassionate care. Members of the community are invited to nominate an RN who has touched their life, or the life of a loved one, by exemplifying the qualities embodied in the DAISY Award criteria, which include:

•Compassionate, patient-centered care and the ability to establish a special connection with patients and families through trust, communication and emotional support;

• Excellent clinical and critical thinking skills;

• A commitment to the highest standards of professional nursing practice; and

• The ability to establish key relationships and communicate effectively with coworkers.

“We are very pleased to participate in this program because it honors nurses for demonstrating attributes that are the essence of what nursing is all about,” said Val Smith, RN, director of Elder Care Services at TRH.

Smith oversees the DAISY Award program at Transylvania Regional Hospital.           

Established by the DAISY Foundation, this award program has been adopted by hospitals across the nation, including those in the Mission Health System. At TRH, the award will be given twice a year – in April and October – to one deserving nominee.

Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis from patients, family members and friends, as well as physicians, coworkers, other hospital staff and volunteers. Nominees can be registered nurses who work in any TRH department, including Home Care.

Each DAISY Award winner will be recognized at a public ceremony in their nursing unit and will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

To access and submit a nomination form online, go to and click on the DAISY award icon (link through Mission Health System). Nominat-ion forms and a ballot box are also available in the TRH lobby and at TRH Home Care, or you can also call Val Smith at 883-5113 to request a form.

“DAISY” (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) is a nationwide foundation established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who were deeply grateful for the nursing care Patrick received during a lengthy illness that eventually took his life.


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