St. Mary’s nurse receives award

AMSTERDAM – Tiffany Terry, a registered nurse on St. Theresa’s Hall at St. Mary’s Healthcare, was presented with the DAISY Award on June 2.

Each quarter, a nurse is selected by St. Mary’s Healthcare Professional Development Council to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “extraordinary nurse,” a news release said.

The nomination included the following accolades from a patient cared for by Terry: “What a wonderful and professional young woman. This was my seventh lifetime surgery and I have managed to make the rounds to all of the Capital Region-area hospitals. Not once was I prompted to write to anyone regarding their nursing staff until I met Tiffany. She had the personality to calm me when I was in pain and cranky, quick-witted to make me laugh, which helped me forget why I was there and made me feel like I knew her for years.”

The DAISY Award was created to recognize nurses who live the mission every day and who are dedicated to the profession of nursing, the release said.

Michele Walsh, vice president for nursing at St. Mary’s, presented Terry with a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” a large bouquet of daisies and a certificate of excellence. She stated, “St. Mary’s Healthcare is proud of the caliber of its nursing staff and is especially honored to have Tiffany as part of our nursing team. We applaud Tiffany for her commitment to providing an exceptional experience to her patients, their families and in partnership with her peers.”

According to the release, the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the award, the release said.