Central Region Ambassadors

  • 'The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. -William Shakespeare.'

    As a patient experience concierge, I interact with patients while they're in the hospital, and also after discharge to ensure that they're getting the best care that they deserve.  As a administrative assistant to the DAISY Team at my facility, I have the opportunity to read the wonderful stories that our patients and family members write about our nurses. It is very heartwarming to know that our nurses are getting the recognition that they deserve.

    Mercy Cunningham
    Medical City Arlington
    DAISY Coordinator
    Arlington
  • I feel so blessed and appreciative of the fact my work was recognized and that I could make a difference in a patient and their families lives.

    Brittany Waller
    OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Canton
  • Receiving a DAISY Award and then a DAISY Team Award has been the greatest honor of my career. Being nominated by patients, who are the reason that I come to work everyday, means so much. The DAISY Team Award was so special because the other nurses who received it along side me are amazing nurses and human-beings and I have the utmost respect for them. DAISY is an extremely special award and experience.

    Karla Martalock
    University of Colorado Hospital
    Aurora
  • I am so proud to serve my veterans. To be able to give all the compassion, my hands for charity for the veterans in need, my knowledge to assist the patients and families when in need. 
    The truth in my heart for love of my profession as a nurse. 
    The DAISY Award is a great honor for myself, for my peers and for my facility, El Paso VA - Las Cruces CBOC Clinic.

    Mary Lucille Palomino
    El Paso VA Health Care System
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    El Paso
  • A career in helping others will pay a lifetime of dividends.

    Omar Garcia
    Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Waco
  • I first heard of the DAISY Award when I was nominated and received it during my first year as a nurse. When I started in the CNO role, I knew this program was essential to recognize the selfless acts of compassion I witness each day. Now, I have the honor to recognize our outstanding nursing staff each year. It has been an absolute pleasure to read all of the nomination letters; I see every day what an extraordinary group of nurses we employ. But, this program offers an opportunity to publicly recognize the outstanding service provided to all our patients. Watching the emotion on each nurse’s face when he/she hears their nomination story is heartwarming. The true passion of this profession is evident through each of these encounters.

    Greg Ospeth
    Guthrie County Hospital
    Chief Nursing Officer
    Guthrie Center
  • "I am so grateful for the recognition I received as I strive to care with the utmost compassion. It definitely brought tears to my eyes to hear how appreciated I am by the families I care for and my coworkers, who support me during harder days."

    Morgan Brown, RN, BSN
    UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, IA
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Des Moines
  • "It is a joy and privilege to serve as our DAISY Coordinator and true blessing to be a part of such a remarkable program which recognizes nurses for the compassionate care they provide each and every day – not because they are directed to; but because it is who they are and because of the passion they share for their fellow man. A DAISY nurse is an extraordinary nurse because they keep the focus on the patient and family; maintaining the humanistic reality of nursing in focus. I have had the honor of meeting the Barnes family and hosting Tena as a guest presenter during one of our DAISY celebrations; all are truly amazing individuals who have impacted nursing far beyond what they can even imagine - what a blessing for our profession and a beautiful tribute to Patrick."

    Jody Collins, MSN, RN
    Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, The Woodlands, TX
    DAISY Coordinator
    The Woodlands
  • “The DAISY Award was a wonderful award to receive because it rewarded me for providing compassionate care to my patients. This award is very special because it is not about my degree or academic achievements. The DAISY Award is about how I care for my patients and shows that my patient's family and my co-workers see how much I love to care for others.”

    Christi Duerksen, RN
    Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
    Sioux Falls
  • “I love reading through the nominations from patients and families validating the great care we deliver at MH-TMC. Our monthly presentations are exciting and our winners are so humble. I am so proud to work side by side with such nursing partners!”

    Virginia Earley, MSN, RN, CMSRN
    Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
    Director of Professional Nursing Practice, Former DAISY Coordinator
    Houston
  • "As a DAISY Coordinator I get to read all the incredible stories of all our wonderful and compassionate nurses that go above and beyond expectations to meet the needs of our patients and their families. I love having the chance to thank them for all they do and give them the recognition they deserve."

    Meredith Hartzog, BSN, CVRN, BA
    University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston and Ambulatory Care, Galveston, TX
    Co-Chair, Nursing Retention Council, DAISY Coordinator
  • "When I first learned of the DAISY program I was immediately touched personally. My son has an autoimmune illness and I can only imagine what Patrick Barnes went through. In coordinating our program I felt called to help implement this wonderful program as nurses deserve the recognition of the compassionate care we provide to our patients. With each award that is presented the nurses are always humble and honored to be recognized as a nurse who took the time to be with the patient. Thank you, Barnes Family for such a wonderful program."

    Summer Hughes, BSN, RNC-Inpatient OB
    Medical Center Alliance, Fort Worth, TX
    Director of Women's Services, DAISY Coordinator
  • "Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts." -Charles Dickens

    Joyce Lemieux, RN, BSN
    NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jonesboro, AR
    Head Nurse, DAISY Nurse Honoree
  • “I was very surprised to be acknowledged at my hospital for the care that I honestly feel I am expected to provide to my little patients each shift. Taking care of children is very rewarding in itself. But to receive the DAISY Award actually validated and celebrated what I feel the motivation of a nurse should be towards her patients. Hearing the story submitted by a parent of a patient that I had cared for was a reminder of the effect and impression we can have on our families. Having administration, management, and co-workers be a part of the presentation was awesome. I felt so proud to be a nurse! Both the statue and a silk replication of the flowers that I was given as a DAISY Award winner still grace my fireplace mantle. When I look at the statue, it reminds me of Patrick's story, and the real reason that I am a nurse.”

    Kim Lindley, RN
    St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
    DAISY Nurse Honoree
  • "In my opinion, it is the greatest honor a nurse could receive to be nominated by a patient or their family. They are the reason we do this amazing job!"

    Shelly Mollette, RN
    Arkansas Children's Hospital
    RN II Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, DAISY Nurse Honoree
  • "I have always had a great admiration for past DAISY Honorees. After learning of the program’s history, I truly understood what a positive impact nurses have on their patient’s every day. I am so honored to be a part of such a reputable group of nurses!"

    Alexandra Pierce, BSN, RN
    Saint Lukes East Hospital
    ICU Staff Nurse, DAISY Nurse Honoree
  • “When I received my DAISY Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2012 it represented both the pinnacle of my nursing career and the sense of heartfelt warmth that only fellow nurses know when being acknowledged for doing what we all do best and realizing that some of those unheralded, financially unrewarded deeds were noticed and respected!! I was truly surprised, amazed and awed by the process and the warm ceremony that involved my family and co-workers. I am inspired to carry on this work so other nurses can experience the truly remarkable sense of their impact on our patients whom we love so much.”

    Christel Vogel, RN
    Bozeman Deaconess Health Services, Bozeman, MT
    DAISY Nurse Honoree