At McLeod Health, our dedicated nurses are among the very best. As healthcare changed and evolved, so did nursing practice. Nursing has become a profession where care is delivered utilizing innovations, knowledge and advanced skills. The focus on quality of care and safety provided to patients, drives nurses to engage in their commitment to the organization and to the profession. Nursing practice is built from the Mission, Vision, Values of McLeod Health.
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.
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The DAISY foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. Please say thank you by sharing your story of how a nurse made a difference you will never forget.READ MORE
Nurses are selected for this award based on great clinical skills, leadership, compassion and their commitment to strong patient care. Anyone can nominate a nurse: co-workers, doctors, patients, patient’s family, volunteers or staff.
If you wish, you will be contacted to attend the celebration if your nurse is selected for this meaningful recognition. The DAISY Award is a great reminder as to why they became a nurse.Close
The Palmetto Gold Award is a program that was started by various nursing organizations throughout South Carolina as a platform to recognize nursing, and support nursing education with scholarship funds.
Each year, employers from across a wide variety of South Carolina health care settings nominate outstanding nurses from their organizations to be considered as one of the 100 nurses honored with this prestigious award. The nominators are asked to provide evidence of how the nominee demonstrated excellence to the profession by addressing the following criteria: promoting and advancing of the profession of nursing; displaying of caring and commitment to patients, families, and colleagues and demonstrating leadership by assisting others to grow and develop.
The seventeen nurses from McLeod Health who received the 2020 Palmetto Gold recognition include: Dan Allen, RN; Amanda Butler, MSN, RN; Melissa Cooper, BSN, RN; Beth Dalla Riva, BSN, RN; Linda Henry, RN, IBCLC; Linda Johnson, RN; Kim Jolly, MBA, BSN, RN; Belinda McGilvray, RN; Sherrill Nielson, MSN, RN; Sherry Stewart, RN; Whitney Stillwell, BSN, RN, CCM; Kassie Strickland, RN; Amanda Turbeville, BSN, RN; (not pictured) Jenny Barrett, MSN, RN; and Adriane Lineberger, RN. These nurses represent McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Cheraw, McLeod Health Clarendon, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Loris and McLeod Health Seacoast. They join the ranks of the 199 previous McLeod Nurses who have received this outstanding award.Close
Kenny Allen had come to McLeod Regional Medical Center for a minor outpatient procedure. The procedure was a success, and he was in the process of being discharged when he went into cardiac arrest, collapsed and coded. Medical teams immediately responded and began chest compressions and respiratory resuscitation. They worked for 90 minutes, used two crash carts and shocked him 10 times to revive him the first time he coded.
While in the process of being transported to the Trauma Surgical Care Unit (TSCU), Mr. Allen coded again. Additional shocking was necessary to revive him again, and he was admitted to TSCU. When his condition stabilized, he was taken to the cardiac catheterization laboratory where a stent was placed in the coronary artery to regain blood flow.
Following this procedure, Mr. Allen was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) in critical condition and required a ventilator to help him breathe. His condition quickly improved and he was able to breathe on his own.
One of the last things Mr. Allen remembers before he collapsed was Amy Prescott, RN, Recovery Room Supervisor, singing “You Are My Sunshine” to him in the Recovery Room. Amy is known to sing hymns to her patients while they are in the recovery process. On this day, however she unknowingly chose a song that is special to Mr. Allen. It is a song that he sang to his daughter while she was growing up.Close