Kingwood Medical Center honored Terri Roberts, RN, as 2017’s first DAISY award recipient for extraordinary nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Kevin Manning, chief nursing officer for Kingwood Medical Center, welcomed the audience comprised of guests, staff and nominees. Kevin led everyone in reciting the mission statement “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. In recognition of this commitment, we will strive to deliver high quality, cost-effective health care in the communities we serve.” As he stated, “When I think about this award, I understand how it represents our mission statement. It is an honor to work alongside you every day.”

Daisy Award Recipient Terri Roberts was nominated by former patient, Brenda Robinson, who was admitted to the unit Terri was working on in January 2017. “I nominated Ms. Roberts because she went above and beyond in taking care of me. She embodies the spirit of this award, by providing excellent care and compassion. Terri has really touched my heart, she inspires me.”

Terri has worked in the observation unit at Kingwood Medical Center for four years. Her supervisor Kristil Wright stated, “Terri is a kind, caring soul, who goes above and beyond for her patients as well as her co-workers. Everyone she comes in contact with is extremely precious to her.” Terri was truly touched and surprised. “I sincerely appreciate Brenda for nominating me, and for my daughter Peyton and co-workers attending the ceremony. It is an amazing feeling to be recognized this way.”

The not-for- profit DAISY Foundation is located 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 autoimmune disease. 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. The kind of work the nurses at Kingwood Medical Center do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award. Terri was selected because she embodies the spirit of the Daisy Award, which rewards nurses who make a difference in the lives of both the patient and the patient families.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Melinda Stephenson, Kingwood Medical Center chief executive officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that they know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

For more information on the DAISY, award visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.