June 22, 2017

The ETMC Specialty Hospital in Tyler presented a DAISY Award to Wanda Prater, LVN, for extraordinary nursing care.

Prater has received several DAISY nominations since becoming a team member at ETMC in 2010. “She takes a personal interest in her patients and spends time talking with them,” said

Laurie Lehnhof-Watts, assistant administrator for patient services. “She also checks in with her patients, even if she’s not assigned to them that day. She is a valuable member of the team, and her co-workers appreciate her patience and knowledge.”

Prater was recently recognized with a DAISY nomination from the wife of one of her patients, who complimented her energy and compassion. She stated that, “Wanda was always available, and had a smile on her face. She made my husband’s stay pleasant. She really knows her patients well, and is a wonderful person overall. We feel she is a part of our family, and not just a nurse. Even though we went through some very tough times, she helped us through it all. Wanda is a great nurse.”

The ETMC Specialty Hospital offers long-term, acute care by treating patients recovering from catastrophic injury or illnesses requiring complex medical care.

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.”