RANSON, W.Va. – Jefferson Memorial Hospital has named Melody Beahm, a registered nurse in the emergency department, as the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for the second half of 2011.
Denise Carter, critical care services (emergency department/special care unit) nurse manager, presented the award to Beahm during a recent ceremony held at the hospital. Beahm received a certificate along with a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
The Daisy Award was established nationally to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses at WVUH-East’s City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital are being honored throughout the year with the DAISY Award. The WVUH-East awards are being sponsored by the City Hospital Foundation and the Jefferson Health Care Foundation.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation 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), an 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.
Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s Melody Beahm, RN (center) is pictured with Denise Carter, manager of critical care services (left), and Diane Liebeskind, assistant manager ED/trauma (right), receiving the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses award at a recent ceremony.