McLeod Nurse Receives January
DAISY Nursing Award


Eugenia Evans, center, was recently named the January DAISY Nursing Award recipient. She is pictured with her team who attended the award presentation.

Eugenia Evans, a staff nurse on the Medical Floor, was recently named the January DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center. Evans was nominated by a patient’s daughter for her extraordinary care and compassion.

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.

On her nomination form, the patient’s daughter wrote, “Eugenia took excellent care of my mother – she was kind, compassionate and attentive. My mother has not been hospitalized in many years and was apprehensive, but Eugenia put her at ease. She even made sure my grandmother, who was staying overnight with my mother, had everything she needed. She took a personal interest in both my mother and grandmother, and they have raved about how wonderful she is. As a nurse, it is comforting to know that a wonderful nurse like Eugenia was there to take care of my mother when I couldn’t be.”

About the DAISY Nursing Award
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.