Published on March 09, 2010

Baptist DeSoto Recognizes Nurse Who Performs 'Above and Beyond' Expectations

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto recently recognized Lindsey Hudson, a registered nurse, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which is given in appreciation of the work nurses do.

Hudson was nominated by a patient who said she exceeded all expectations, communicated each step thoroughly and established a trusting relationship with the entire family.

Each month, Baptist DeSoto's nursing administrators accept nominations and select a nurse to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate and a sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

"This particular patient described her as someone who outshines the crowd with her positive attitude and personal touch, and we all agree," said Mary Townsend-Gervis, chief nursing officer for Baptist DeSoto.  "Lindsey keeps service the top priority, and the detailed testimonial provided by this patient's family showcases the compassionate care she provides."

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 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill led to the creation of the DAISY Award.

All the nurses in Hudson's unit received cinnamon rolls because while Barnes was in the hospital, he once asked his family to bring enough cinnamon rolls for him and all the nurses in his unit.

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In 2001, the hospital completed an expansion project that nearly doubled its size, expanded its labor and delivery services and added open-heart surgery and radiation therapy. In April 2001, the Baptist DeSoto Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Women's Center opened, which houses DeSoto County's first open MRI, mammography services and other diagnostic tools. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room.

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