(Florence, SC, February 22, 2019) – Kristy Mounger, APRN, a staff nurse on the Renal Floor, was recently named the February DAISY Award Recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center. Mounger was nominated by a patient’s family 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 the nomination form, the patient’s family wrote, “Four years ago, our journey began with kidney failure. My brother-in-law was admitted to the hospital, and Kristy came into the room. She treated him like he was her family member. That visit ended, and we left all of his medications. My phone rang, and a sweet voice said, ‘I am in your yard.’ After working about 14 hours, she delivered what we left behind. There were many more visits to the Renal floor over the next four years, and even if she wasn’t our nurse, Kristy came to visit him. Recently, he was admitted once again, and my phone rang. Kristy’s sweet voice asked if I knew who this was, and I said, ‘of course.’ She explained to me what was happening. When I arrived, she greeted me with a hug. At the end of her shift, she knew this was the last visit my brother-in-law would make to the Renal floor. We are making our journey to the Hospice House. Our lives have richly been blessed by Kristy. She goes above and beyond her nursing profession. My heart will forever be changed and blessed to have met this angel on earth. McLeod has a jewel.”
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 www.McLeodNursing.org.
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.