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Patient call leads to DAISY Award for Piedmont Newnan nurse
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Patient call leads to DAISY Award for Piedmont Newnan nurse

NEWNAN, Ga. -- During a surprise ceremony, Emily Bass, a registered nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, learned that she is the winner of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Bass had been nominated for a DAISY Award numerous times before receiving the honor. Her win came after a patient called the hospital’s chief nursing officer, Jason Smith, to rave about the care he received at the hospital. The patient specifically named Bass as a caregiver who always went above and beyond in taking care of him.

“On the day of his discharge, the patient’s walker needed repair and Emily took care of it. After his discharge, he had a problem with his pharmacy order and Emily again took care of it, all while keeping him informed about every step of the process,” said Jason Smith, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Newnan. “We are fortunate to have Emily on our team and caring for our community.”

Bass also teaches Joint School and participates on the hospital’s sepsis and joint certification teams.

Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Honorees are selected monthly by a selection committee.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., 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 (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

To nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, visit piedmontnewnan.org.

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