Published on June 29, 2010

Baptist DeSoto Recognizes Nurse Who Performs Above and Beyond Expectations

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

Sample was nominated by a patient who said she took extra time to tend to her and her husband's emotional and physical needs during a difficult time. The patient said Sample was always cheerful, helpful and took extra time to comfort, reassure, and explain medicines and treatment.

"Bridget kept constant watch to attend to every need, even offering many forms of help to our family and friends," the patient wrote.  "Bridget Sample should be a role model for nurses everywhere."

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.

"We are very fortunate to have Bridget as a nurse here at Baptist DeSoto, said Mary Townsend-Gervis," chief nursing officer of Baptist DeSoto.  "Not only does she deliver great clinical care, she never forgets to care for patients' and families' emotional needs."

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 Sample'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 November 2006, the hospital opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association, and the hospital's Women's Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography. The hospital offers open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services, and the emergency department's heart attack response rate is, on average, 30 minutes faster than the national benchmark. Baptist DeSoto's inpatient rehabilitation program was ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. For more information about Baptist DeSoto, please call 662-772-4000 or visit


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