Jones Receives DAISY Award Honor

(L-R) Sheila Mattly, CNO, DAISY Award Recipient, Tammy Jones, RN and Daren Relph, CEO.

Corydon, June 16, 2015: Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System is pleased to announce Tammy Jones, RN as one of 12 Mercy Health Network Hospital recipients of this year’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Tammy was presented the award at the annual DAISY Award Celebration held on June 12th at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines. Tammy has gained experience and grown in her profession working the main nursing floor, as well as the obstetrical unit, hospice, administering chemotherapy and as a charge nurse. She recently assumed the position of Team Lead. This merit-based award honors great clinical skill and leadership but especially strong patient care and compassion.

Tammy has been a nurse at Wayne County Hospital since February 2011. She completed her nursing education at Indian Hills Community College with an Associates Arts & Sciences Degree in November 2010 graduating with honors. She received her RN in 2010. She is certified in NRP (neonatal resuscitation program), ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) and BLS (basic life support) and STABLE (a neonatal education program focused exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. Sugar and Safe Care, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional support).

The DAISY Award is in recognition of a young man, Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 related to an auto-immune disorder that took his life in just eight weeks. His family was so impressed with the level of knowledge, expertise and compassion they experienced with the nursing staff that they wanted to establish a forum to provide ongoing recognition of the extraordinary work nurses do every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

DAISY Award recipients are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families and other staff and administrators. Among the nominations Tammy received accolades included: “Her devotion to all patients and also to the team that she leads is her #1 priority. She is calm and cool headed even under the utmost of pressure.
Tammy always takes the time to hold the patient’s hand, lend a shoulder to families, and ensure that her shift runs smoothly.”

Honorees, family members, Board members, CEOs and Nurse Execs gathered for the celebration that included lunch and motivational keynote speaker, Deadra Stanton of Waterloo, Iowa. She shared stories of “life lessons”, inspiration to enjoy life and encouragement to laugh at life’s situations.

Attending the ceremony were Tammy’s father, Max Moore, and her daughter, Naja, who will be sophomore attending Wayne County High School this fall. Wayne County Hospital attendees included CEO, Daren Relph, CNO, Sheila Mattly, RN and Med/Surg Director, Jeralee McCarty, RN, BSN. “Tammy is so deserving of this recognition” commented Sheila Mattly, CNO. “She has a special gift and the ability to connect with her patients and put them at ease.”