June 12, 2017

Laura Parker, RN, with ETMC Jacksonville, has been selected by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System as a DAISY Award winner.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize nurses who go above and beyond in providing excellent care to their patients every day. Parker has been with ETMC for two years. She earned her degree from Tyler Junior College.

Parker was nominated for the DAISY award by a patient’s mother. “Laura was extra special when in the hospital with my special needs daughter. My daughter had pneumonia and respiratory problems. Laura had a great personality and bonded with my daughter even though she doesn’t talk. My daughter would just smile at Laura. Laura brought computer pages and a box of crayons for my daughter to color on. Coloring is basically all that my daughter does. Laura also brought my daughter a stuffed tiger which she loved, held and slept with the entire time we were in the hospital. Little things mean a lot to her. We thank and appreciate the loving and special 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.”