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Eastside nurse hospital's first DAISY honoree

Roberta Dodson, second from left, pictured with her family and Eastside Medical Center patient Diana Lunsford, front, is the hospital’s first DAISY Award recipient. (Special Photo)

Roberta Dodson, second from left, pictured with her family and Eastside Medical Center patient Diana Lunsford, front, is the hospital’s first DAISY Award recipient. (Special Photo)

SNELLVILLE — A nurse in Eastside Medical Center’s day surgery unit is the Snellville hospital’s first recipient of the DAISY Award.

Roberta Dodson was selected to receive the honor based on nominations submitted by patients. During a recent presentation before her colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, Dodson received a certificate commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the extraordinary efforts nurses perform every day. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families, a news release reads.

Each month, a nurse at Eastside will be selected by the DAISY Award committee to receive the honor.

“We are proud to be among an elite group of hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day, and given the current national nursing shortage, The DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time,” Stuart Downs, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, said in the release. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

In collaboration with local DAISY sponsors, Georgia Pulmonary Group, Piedmont Heart and A Daisy A Day, the award at Eastside is nationally sponsored by Kimberly Clarke, a provider of both medical and personal care products. Additionally, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Cinnabon and Cherokee Uniforms are among a select group of other national sponsors.