ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital nurse receives DAISY Award for extraordinary care

February 9, 2017


The ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital in Tyler presented a DAISY Award to Mary Iley, RN, for extraordinary nursing care.

Iley was nominated by a patient who praised the competence of the ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital nurses and therapists. She said that one nurse stood out as being “always positive about my condition and encouraged my efforts to recover and return home. She made the awful situation I found myself in bearable, and not at all awkward or embarrassing for me. She always had a pleasant aura, no matter what was required from her by anyone I saw her working with. I wanted to take her home with me when I was released.”

“Mary has been with ETMC since 2008”, said Laurie Lehnhof-Watts, assistant administrator for patient services. “She had been working for ETMC Home Health, and recently transferred to the rehab hospital in June of 2016. She has been a great asset to the team on the 11 p.m.-7 a.m. and 3-11 p.m. shifts. Mary has adjusted from the home health setting to the inpatient rehabilitation setting wonderfully, and has great potential as a rehabilitation nurse.”

The ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital offers intensive rehabilitation services to patients requiring an inpatient setting. Iley recently recruited her own daughter, who also is a registered nurse, to take a position at the rehabilitation hospital.

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.”