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GMC nurse first to get DAISY award for outstanding work

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center has begun giving monthly awards to outstanding nurses, with the first nurse being honored last week.

Gayle Hayes, a registered nurse on GMC’s surgical interview committee, was the inaugural recipient of the DAISY award.

“We are very proud of Gayle, and we’re proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY award program,” said Carol Danielson, GMC’s chief nursing officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award will be given monthly to a nurse who “personifies Gwinnett Medical Center’s goal to provide excellence in the patient experience,” GMC spokeswoman Andrea Wehrmann said.

Among 35 initial nominees, Hayes took home the honor as a nurse who “consistently demonstrates excellence through clinical expertise, outstanding service and compassionate care.”

Potential honorees are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families, Wehrmann said.