Lori Harrah gets "DAISY" Award at Medical Center

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Lori Harrah, RN, was named the most recent DAISY award recipient at a ceremony held during National Nurses Week on Wednesday, May 6. She started her Greene County Medical Center career as a home care aid for public health in 1997, and as she earned her LPN, then RN degree, she moved into management positions in acute care. She most recently took over as director of nursing for Long Term Care. Harrah received the award in front of a crowd of over 75 who came to honor the seven nominees. Katie Heldt, chief nurse executive, read all of the nominations and each nominee was given a bouquet of daisies, a special name badge card and a DAISY pin.

Harrah received a DAISY certificate and a beautiful hand-carved sculpture. Harrah, along with 2014 DAISY award winners Jenny Taylor and Laine Custer, are three of thousands of nurses world-wide who, in the past 16 years, have been recognized for the extraordinary care they provide patients.

Harrah was nominated by Sandy Atkinson, director of quality and patient experience. In her nomination letter, Atkinson wrote, “Lori’s open door approach and willingness to be involved in day-to-day activities with a resident-centered focus has been noted by many of her co-workers and administration.”

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the “superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.” That foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. He 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 inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

DAISY Award nominees included:
Janelle Cates, Acute Care
Lori Harrah, Long Term Care
Brenda Luther, Surgery
Desiree Monaghan, Quality Management
Heather Shipley, Surgery
Ardean Vannatta, Long Term Care
Heather Wilson, Advanced Women’s Care

The DAISY award is given to an extraordinary nurse at the medical center twice a year. The next award will be given in the fall, but nominations are accepted any time with nomination forms available throughout the medical center. Nominations can be made by patients, their family members, caretakers, community members or co-workers. Patients and family members are especially encouraged to participate in the nomination process.