Coliseum Health System May 26, 2016

Coliseum Medical Centers was pleased to announce their first DAISY Award Recipient, Kayla Mankey, RN. The DAISY award recognizes nurses nationwide who go above and beyond their role as a caregiver.

The DAISY Award is given out to nurses who go above and beyond to help their patients and families. Created in 1999, the DAISY Award Program now has over 2,000 healthcare facilities worldwide that recognize and honor their nurses' compassion and dedication. Tena Barnes created the DAISY Program after her husband, Patrick Barnes, died as a way to honor the extraordinary nurses that cared for them while Patrick was in the hospital. Tena Barnes was present to present Kayla Mankey the award.

Mankey was recognized because of her dedication to her patients and to the field of nursing. She was nominated by several of her peers. One of her coworkers said, "She anticipates the needs of patients before they arise and is remembered fondly by patients and family members during their most difficult times."

Mankey was honored to be the first recipient, saying, "I do what I do because I love my job, but the fact that someone else has noticed my hard work and compassionate care means the world to me."

Coliseum Medical Centers plans to present the DAISY Award on a quarterly basis.

During Nurses Week, Coliseum Medical Centers also awarded Kelley Walker as RN of the Year and Candace Feagin as Nursing Assistant of the Year. Both of these nurses work on the fifth floor in the East Wing. Coliseum Medical Centers also awarded several other nurses with peer-nominated superlatives such as Best Sense of Humor, Best "Rising Star," Best IV Stick, and Best Smile.