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Transylvania Resident Receives Award For Extraordinary Nursing


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. Transylvania County resident Mary Cathey, BSN, RN, a surgical nurse at Mission Hospital in Asheville, was presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing for the month of April.

Every month Mission Hospital selects two nurses to be honored with this prestigious award. Three co-workers wrote nomination letters for Cathey, each citing her compassion, professionalism and her respect for patients.

“She (Cathey) is an incredible nurse educator and an amazing teammate,” said Alan Bradshaw, M.D. “She can make the most difficult cases go smoothly on a regular basis. In short, I could not do my job without her. She is indispensable. For Mary, the patient always comes first.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was founded by The DAISY Foundation (for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System) in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his parents after they experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate caring of their son’s nurses.

Mission Hospital’s DAISY Award Committee selects two nurses each month from among the many nominees to receive this special honor. The honoree is presented with a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

Mary Cathey

The certificate 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.”

The honoree also receives a beautiful handmade sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Transylvania Regional Hospital recently launched the DAISY award program at the local hospital with the first winner to be announced in May. There will be two DAISY awards winners selected each year from Transylvania Region-al Hospital. To nominate a special nurse who has given extraordinary care, go to


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