June 30, 2017

Two ETMC Jacksonville nurses have been selected by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System as DAISY Award winners.

Rebecca Shaw, RN, and Deborah Tomlin, RN, were recognized as part of the DAISY Foundation’s program for going above and beyond in providing excellent care. Shaw has been a nurse in Jacksonville for seven years, and Tomlin has worked there for three years.

One of the nomination letters complimented Shaw as an extraordinary nurse. “Rebecca took care of a patient in the emergency department, who was scared, and maybe in an abusive relationship. She gave her an abundance of love and care. She loves her patients and treats them as if they are family. When the patient was discharged she hugged Rebecca and was crying happy tears. Sometimes just letting someone know you care is all the patients want.”

The nomination letter for Tomlin came from an inmate. “I came to ETMC Jacksonville after an overdose. I also had a black eye, and was dehydrated. Deborah listened to my story and made some phone calls to make sure the incident was properly investigated. Thanks to Deborah, I felt safe returning to the facility. I was so relieved. Deborah is awesome.”

The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by a family in the U.S. after experiencing kindness and compassion from nurses with their loved one, who was terminal and in the hospital. DAISY stands for disease attacking the immune system. Today, this program has been implemented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities. Nurses are nominated by anyone who sees an extraordinary nurse and awarded by a hospital nursing committee that decides if they meet the criteria. The recipient receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”