KEY WEST, FL – December 21, 2023 - Lower Keys Medical Center administration hosted an awards ceremony to announce the winner of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which recognizes nursing professionals for excellence in clinical care and for exceptional compassion. Erica Paulus, RN, nursing supervisor, was nominated by a family who experienced her emotional support, encouragement, empathy and compassion.
"We are very proud of Erica's clinical expertise and sensitivity and her ability to make meaningful connections with our patients and their families," said David Clay, CEO, Lower Keys Medical Center. Michael Hales, Chief Nursing Officer, and David Clay presented Erica with a hand-carved Healer's Touch Sculpture, a DAISY certificate and a signature bouquet of daisies.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications of an auto-immune disease. His family was inspired to create the Foundation to honor nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families.
Photo: left to right: Michael Hales, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer; Erica Paulus, RN; David Clay, CEO.
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