Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Nurse Receives DAISY Award

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 23, 2013) – Bryan Cumberledge, RN, has been selected to receive the DAISY Award for outstanding nurses. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s goal to recognize the efforts of extraordinary nurses.

The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  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.

Each quarter, a nurse will be nominated by hospital associates, visitors and patients and chosen by Lake Norman Regional’s Nursing Leadership Council and Nursing Administration to receive The DAISY Award.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, that include fellow nurses, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending him or 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 honoree is also given a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit.  With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  Given the current national nursing shortage, The DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” remarked Lake Norman Regional’s Interim Chief Nursing Executive, Marie Marks.

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups.  More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org.

About Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care to individuals throughout the greater Lake Norman region. Located just off I-77 at Exit 33, the Mooresville medical campus offers complete specialty services from 24-hour emergency medicine and maternity to oncology and advanced surgical services.