McLeod Nurse Receives DAISY Nursing Award


McLeod Nurse Louise Gibbs, recipient of the February DAISY Nursing Award, is pictured with McLeod Nursing Director Curt Keefe.

Registered Nurse Louise Gibbs was named the February DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center on February 27, 2018. Gibbs, a staff nurse in the Coronary Care Unit, was nominated by a family member of a patient she cared for January of 2018.

To recognize those Nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center who are true examples of Nursing Excellence, patients, family members and co-workers may nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

In the nomination form, the family wrote, “We would like Louise recognized for the excellent work that she does. She takes her job very seriously and is the best nurse. She treats her patients like family. Louise even came into our room singing my Dad’s favorite music to make him feel better.”

“I am honored to be recognized with this award,” said Gibbs. “Each morning when I come to McLeod, I pray for the Lord to put those who need me in my care. I feel blessed to be here every day to help my patients.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated for their strong clinical skills and the compassionate care they provide. Nomination forms are available on each nursing unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center or can be found at

Recipients of the DAISY Award are chosen by the DAISY committee led by nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him 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.” The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.