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WWGH Names First Ever DAISY Award Winners


A same day surgery and a home health nurse were selected by their peers for this honor

Walla Walla General Hospital was proud to recognize two employees last week with the first ever Walla Walla General Hospital DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The two registered nurses honored were Pam Smith, a registered nurse on Same Day Surgery, and Kim Thompson, a home health nurse, were both recognized for their continual outstanding care for our patients. In addition, each was nominated for a specific act of dedication and caring.

These two extraordinary nurses were selected by their peers to be the first recipients of this award at Walla Walla General Hospital. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, they each received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." 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." Each was also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

In addition to their reputation as compassionate nurses each was nominated for a single specific event that exemplified their dedication to their patients. Kim was described as going way out of her way to provide comfort and reassurance to the family member of a patient while making sure they both had access to all the community resources available. Pam was nominated by an employee who later also became a patient and discovered that Pam’s friendly, helpful manner was shared equally with fellow employees and with patients.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY award program. Nurses are heroes and it’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued. The DAISY Foundation provides an additional way for us to do that,” says Teresa Price, interim vice president for patient care services at WWGH.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members who were inspired by the compassion and kindness provided to their loved one. The family believes that nurses are unsung heroes who deserve far more recognition and honor than they received and their unique program for thanking nurses has grown into a program embraced by health care organizations around the world.