DAISY Award Presented to SMCH Nurses


Delivering compassionate patient care and great clinical skills are the qualities that recently earned three Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) nurses the DAISY Award. The award, which was established in 1999 and stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, is in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at age 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura or ITP. During his lengthy hospital stay, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion Patrick received from his nurses. The DAISY award was established to say thank you to nurses across the nation by honoring the work they do at the bedside, funding research, and honoring nursing faculty.

Three nurses from Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City and McCrary Rost Clinic were nominated for the award. Ashley Hildreth, RN, Gina Davis, RN, and Jeremy Johnson, CRNA, were presented the award at a banquet celebrating the nominees. 

Hildreth joined the team in 2018 and works in the emergency department and on the inpatient floor. She was nominated by a patient who visited the ER and wrote, “Immediately when I got to the ER Ashley quickly jumped in to help me. My head was spinning, and I wasn’t even sure what was happening to me yet, but Ashley was able to help me stay clam even while she was quickly working to get my IVs in (I don’t have great veins so this isn’t an easy task). You could tell immediately how confident Ashley was in her role, I knew right from the start that she knew exactly what she was doing and that made me feel at ease in her care.”

Davis’ nomination came from a patient who experienced her care in the surgery department where she has worked since 2014. The patient wrote, “Even through the mask I could see the compassion in Gina’s eyes and could hear the empathy in her voice, and that was exactly what I needed during that moment. She recognized things that I needed like ice chips, a warm blanket and even cleaning the blood off my arm when I didn’t realize I needed those things. She made me feel comfortable in a situation where I was very uncomfortable, and the care she provided felt personalized for me.”

Johnson, who has served as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in the surgery department since 2016, worked with a patient who feeling some anxiety about surgery, “I imagine Jeremy is pretty entertaining with most patients, but he made me and my husband laugh several times, even though it felt like I was going through the worst possible moment of my life at that time. He brought humor into the room and made everything a little less heavy. After we went home, the next two days Jeremy followed up with my husband to see how I was doing. You can tell Jeremy really cares about his patients and takes ownership of their care.”