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TAMC celebrates its first DAISY

Carole-and-Greg.jpgSherry Beaulieu, director of guest relations and volunteer services at TAMC, was nervous about delivering her daughter after a challenging labor with her son, which resulted in an emergency Cesarean section. It was the kindness and support from a particular nurse in the Women and Children’s Unit of TAMC hospital that moved Sherry to nominate Carole Olore, RN, for the prestigious DAISY Award more than two decades after her daughter’s birth. 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.
 
As the first nurse at TAMC to be given a DAISY Award, Carole was honored during a surprise celebration in her department. Carole was presented a pin, a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, and a certificate commending her for being an “extraordinary nurse.”
 
“I had read about The DAISY Award and thought ‘that’s nice’ and never ever thought I would be nominated, let alone be the first TAMC employee to receive this prestigious award,” Carole said. “The day of Healer-s-touch.jpgthe ceremony was a total surprise on many levels. I am truly humbled and very thankful and wear my DAISY Award pin proudly! It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of something so special.”
 
Gastro-group.jpgMercy Hospital, in Portland, has also been fortunate to have dedicated nurses recognized through this award. Mercy honored its first recipient, Alexandra Hughes, RN, professional nurse III of The Birthplace at Mercy, in 2010. According to Lori Fournier, Mercy Hospital department of Clinical Education support specialist, and DAISY Award committee member, “Mercy is proud to be the first hospital in Maine to participate in The DAISY Award program. We announce a new award recipient each quarter—it’s a wonderful program.” In May, Kate Mitchell, RN, professional nurse II of Mercy’s Gastroenterology was also honored in recognition of her clinically excellent and compassionate care.
 
The DAISY Award nominations:
You can nominate a Mercy nurse at https://mercyhospital.org/For-Patients-Visitors/The-Daisy-Award.aspx, or a TAMC nurse at http://tamc.org/daisy-award.aspx.

To learn more about The DAISY Award program including how to get involved, visit The DAISY Award Foundation website at https://www.daisyfoundation.org/about.