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Public Invited to DAISY Ceremony


Twelve exceptional nurses at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH) will be honored at the first DAISY Award Celebration on Tuesday, May 7. Each nominee will receive a DAISY pin, and the top recipient will also receive an award certificate and hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the hospital cafeteria and everyone is welcome to attend. Fresh baked cinnamon rolls will be served.

“We are excited that 12 nurses were nominated by the community, peers or their managers for our first-ever DAISY recognition,” said SNLH Nurse Educator Crystal Bowman, RN, MSN-Ed. “Nurses have a profound impact on patients and their families during very stressful and difficult times, and this program gives us the means to honor them.”

The nominees are: Keith Blanchard, Amanda Carpenter, Kimberly Edwards, Kimberly Hughes, Stephanie Marshall, Stacey Mello-Galloway, Aaron Miller, Gayle Moore, Charles Murphy, Karla Rutherford, Cristina Tamayo and Elaina Wilson.

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of an autoimmune disease in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown by nurses.

“In his final days, one of the only foods that he would eat was cinnamon rolls. Now, his family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are and how important the compassionate care that they provide is,” Bowman said.

To learn more about the DAISY Award, visit or contact Crystal Bowman, who is the hospital’s DAISY Award Coordinator.