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ICU nurse honored with first DAISY Award
Helped dying patient say good-bye to grandson
Stephanie Raley (second from left) tries to hold back tears as she accepts KershawHealths first-ever DAISY Award from Board Chair Karen Eckford (second from right) as CEO Terry Gunn looks on and Chief Nursing Office Stacy Collier speaks about Raleys nomination. In her arm, Raley is holding a Zimbabwean sculpture called Healing Touch, part of her award. Raley won from among 13 nurse nominees for helping a 9-year-old boy say good-bye to his dying grandfather in KershawHealths intensive care unit. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
A 9-year-old boy got to hug and say good-bye to his grandfather at KershawHealth before he died, thanks to the compassion of a nurse presented with the hospital’s first-ever DAISY Award on Friday afternoon. DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.” It is an international awards program of The DAISY Foundation, established in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications at the age of 33 only eight weeks after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease.