Forrest General Names DAISY Award Winner For June
From left, Chief Nursing Officer, Phyllis Chambers Berry, RN, with June’s DAISY Award Winner, Mark Gasatan, RN, and 8T Patient Care Manager, Corbin May.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (June 23, 2021) Mark Gasatan, RN, a nurse on 8T, was named the recipient of the June 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.
Gasatan’s nominator said Mark is the kind of nurse every nurse should aspire to be. “I have worked behind Mark a number of times and patients have always complimented his care,” the nomination read. “Mark is known for his kind touch, holding his patients’ hands as he tells them hello and goodbye. He makes every patient feel as if they are his only patient. He also comes in to work many extra shifts to help his floor out when needed. He is a true blessing to the patients and staff on 8T.”
A resident of Hattiesburg, Gasatan is an international nurse from the Philippines. A graduate of San Pedro College in Davao City, Philippines, he has been on the job at Forrest General for about a year and a half. Prior to coming to the States, Gasatan worked as a nurse in the Philippines for 11 years. It was while in high school that his grandfather died. Gasatan, not able to care for him, decided he would become a nurse, so he could make a difference, offering kindness and compassion to his patients.
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.