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Hannah Jones, a registered nurse at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award recognizes exemplary nursing excellence, and is the highest honor a nurse can receive at Hamilton Medical Center.

The award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

“Hannah is always calm and instrumental in promoting a calm environment,” said Terri Holden, clinical manager. “She is always looking for ways to help others become instrumental in improving patient care, and she looks for projects to promote best practices.”

Jones is a staff nurse on Hamilton’s renal unit and shares the role of co-facilitator on the Professional Development Nursing Council.

Jones took care of Robbie Pope during her stay in the hospital. Pope’s daughters, Janice Robinson and Sheila Phillips, said they appreciated how Jones took care of their mother. Robinson nominated Jones for the award.

“Hannah was consistently caring, considerate and understanding of what we were going through,” said Robinson. “She always offered assistance when needed, even when my mother was not assigned to her. Even though she was frightened, my mother was uplifted by being around Hannah because she gently talked to her about her symptoms and just went beyond her duties as a nurse.”

Tina Long and Renee Stewart received Honorable Mention recognition during the recent award ceremony. Long is employed through Whitfield Staffing Services and works in Hamilton’s Emergency Department. Stewart works in the Surgical Intensive Care Department.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.


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