Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, is pleased to announce that Jade Graham, a nurse in the OB/Pediatric unit, has received the DAISY Award for the 4th quarter of 2021. The DAISY Award is a worldwide program that honors and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

Jade was nominated by a fellow Lakeview Regional nurse in November 2021 after she witnessed Jade’s unconditional love for her patients. “Our nurses are so dedicated to their patients that they are often surprised when they are nominated for the DAISY Award,” said Jennifer Schmidt, Lakeview Regional CNO. “It is that commitment worth recognizing, and I'm proud of the work they do every day.” Jade's patient was upset that she could not find anyone to feed her cat while she was hospitalized. After her Thanksgiving night shift, Jade drove to the patient’s home to feed her cat and alleviate the stress and anxiety this was causing her patient.

“Jade is one of those people that will go above and beyond her job description to help a patient, and in this case, her act of altruism allowed her patient to focus on recovery,” said Rosie Costanza, certified registered nurse. “Her compassionate heart is one of the many reasons Jade deserves the DAISY Award.”

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees are invited to nominate a Lakeview Regional nurse for the DAISY Award. The nominee should consistently model empathy and demonstrate a caring attitude in all situations; demonstrate extraordinary clinical skills in the delivery of compassionate patient care; have a positive attitude and demonstrate professionalism in the work environment; exemplify the mission, vision, and values of Lakeview Regional; and establish a special connection with the patients and families.

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say "thank you" to nurses in a very public way. 

You can nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award by picking up a form at Lakeview Regional or simply fill out a DAISY Award nomination form online at lakeviewregional.com.