Extraordinary Nurse Ashley Williams Receives DAISY Award


Each quarter the Regional Medical Center (RMC) awards outstanding nurses through the national DAISY Foundation awards program. DAISY Award recipients personify remarkable patient experiences and consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. Honorees are selected from nominations from patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and hospital employees.

Ashley Williams, RN, BSN has been selected as RMC's newest DAISY Award recipient. Williams is a staff nurse on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). She joins RMC's 26 other DAISY Award honorees since the award program inception at RMC. 

In 2009, RMC joined numerous hospitals and medical facilities around the country, to recognize and award extraordinary nurses through the DAISY Foundation program.

The award is known as The DAISY Award and is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. DAISY Award honorees personify RMC's remarkable patient experience and are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and hospital employees may nominate a deserving nurse for The DAISY AWARD by completing the nomination form and submitting it to RMC. From these nomination forms, award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians to receive:

  • An attractively presented Certificate, proclaiming recipient as an “Extraordinary Nurse”
  • A DAISY award pin
  • A unique, hand-carved Shona stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” For more about this, please click here.
Since every nurse who receives The DAISY Award reminds us that her/his entire team is very deserving of recognition and that it takes a team to provide great patient care, the award recipient’s fellow staff are also are treated to Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls at every award presentation. The reason? Well, one day someone brought a patient a Cinnabon to eat. The patient, who obviously had been the recipient of excellent nursing care, requested that enough Cinnabons be brought in the next day for all of the nurses on the unit where he was patient. That’s when it was discovered that nurses love Cinnabons! Bringing Cinnabons to The DAISY Award recipient’s team has become a national tradition.

At each award presentation, nursing staff are asked to savor and remember that incredible cinnamon aroma and take time to remind themselves what truly special people they are. Their education, training, skill, judgment and compassionate care are truly making a difference in the lives of so many people.

How to Honor an Extraordinary RMC Nurse for The Daisy Award

If you would like to honor an extraordinary nurse at the Regional Medical Center for The Daisy Award, nomination forms are available every nursing unit at RMC or by clicking here.

Completed nomination forms may be returned by:

(1) Dropping in a DAISY nomination box at the Regional Medical Center; or
(2) Snail mail to Nursing Administration, the Regional Medical Center, 3000 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118.

For more information about the DAISY Award, review the DAISY Award nomination form or visit The DAISY Foundation website.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

RMC DAISY Award Winners

December 2017
Ashley Williams, RN, BSN
Progressive Care Unit 
October 2017
Caitlin Johnson, LPN
Progressive Care Unit
February 2017
Salley Murphy, RN
Medical Surgical
Stepdown Unit
September 2016
Destiny Murph, RN
Progressive Care Unit
May 2016
Sam McSween, RN
Coronary Care Nursing Unit 
February 2016
Keri Macchio, RN
Fourth West Nursing Unit
  November 2015
Eunice Imoh, BS, BSN, RN, MS
Third West Nursing Unit
June 2015
Whitney Bazzle, RN
Medical Surgical Stepdown Unit
April 2015
Kathy Breland, RN-BC
Coronary Care Unit
January 2015
Taylor Gray, BSN, RN
Second East/Pediatrics 
September 2014
Ann Marie Furtick, RN, CPN
Second East/Pediatrics  
May 2014
Laura Fogle, BSN, CWON 
Advanced Wound Healing
& Hyperbaric Center
February 2014
Dale Phillips, RN
Fourth West Nursing Unit 
December 2013
Tammy Hall, RN
Mabry Center for Cancer Care
May 2013
Angel Quinatoa, RN
Progressive Care Unit

February 2013
Amber Carter, RN 
Intensive Care Unit 

July 2012
Lisa Cecchini, RN 
Mabry Center for Cancer Care 

January 2012
Beth Franklin, RN 
Fourth West Nursing Unit

October 2011
Dwanrhea Williams, RN
Her Place

June 2011
Jeff Carniol, RN
Emergency Department

March 2011
Lori Hutson, RN
rehabcentre® Nursing Unit

December 2010
Linda Johnson, RN 
Third West Nursing Unit

August 2010
Teresa Potchebski, RN
Same Day Surgery

May 2010
Carrie Newcomer, RN
Emergency Department

March 2010
May Jo Zeigler RN
Mabry Center for Cancer Care

November 2009
Jewel Coleman, RN 

July 2009
Peggy Osborne, RN 
Intensive Care Unit

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