Forrest General Names DAISY Award Winner for April
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (April 28, 2021) Victoria (Tori) Sullivan, an RN on 9T, was named the recipient of the April DAISY Award at Forrest General Hospital. The award is presented monthly to a deserving nurse or nurses who exemplify clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the nursing community.
A two-time graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Sullivan first came to Hattiesburg in 2012 to pursue a degree in psychology. Following graduation, she took six months off before deciding she wanted to go back to nursing school and get her nursing degree. Since gradation in May 2020, Sullivan has been at work on Forrest General’s 9T.
“I’ve always wanted to help people,” the Georgia native said. “I have a disabled sister who has been in and out of the hospital my whole life, and I’ve seen how hard it’s been for my mom. As a family member, I’ve seen how important good quality healthcare is, as well as good quality health care workers. I decided I wanted to do something that would give me an opportunity to help people hands-on every day.”
“Tori,” who joined the 9T team at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, is described by her nominator as an “excellent nurse.” “Throughout the challenges with the changes in visitation policy, Tori has gone above and beyond to keep family members informed and included in all of her patients’ care,” her nominator said. “The most recent event that comes to mind is when Tori made it possible for a patient, who was going to require hospice care, to be transferred to a hospital in the patient’s hometown so her family could be near her. Tori communicated with the patient’s family member and was able to help grant their wish of seeing their mother again. This is just one of the many unfortunate situations that she has helped make a positive impact on.”
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in California by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in his memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.
Forrest General Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award partner and recognizes one of its nurses with this special honor every month. Nurses are nominated by patients, and family members, as well as other healthcare professionals. The winner is then selected by a board of healthcare workers. Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, A Healer’s Touch, handcrafted by a tribe in Zimbabwe.