Published on July 18, 2022

Forrest General Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner for June

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (July 18, 2022) Jill Rutherford Muzny, RN, a nurse at Forrest General Hospital’s Cancer Center, has been named the June recipient of the DAISY Award. The award, which is presented monthly to a deserving nurse or nurses, exemplifies clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the nursing community.­

“Have you ever witnessed a DNV surveyor cry?” asked Muzny’s nominator. “That’s what happened when the surveyor recently asked Jill what was the most rewarding thing about working at the Forrest General Cancer Center. Jill’s answer was, ‘I learned that my Spanish-speaking cancer patient shared my Catholic religion. Although I took Spanish in high school, I was very rusty. I practiced a special prayer at home and was able to pray in Spanish with my patient during her next visit.’ Jill showed genuine compassion. She respected the patient’s cultural and religious diversity while sacrificing her own time to show genuine empathy. The surveyor was in tears after the story.”

Muzny, a resident of Ellisville, has been a nurse at Forrest General for 16 years. She received her nursing degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. “It’s an honor and a privilege working at the Cancer Center,” Muzny said, “getting to serve patients in their time of biggest need.”

“Nurses, like Jill and others, who have been nominated for and honored with the DAISY Award during the past year, are an integral part of what makes Forrest General such a caring and compassionate place for your healthcare needs,” said Phyllis Chambers-Berry, Forrest Health vice president. “I am so proud of Jill and how hard she works to make our patients feel appreciated and cared for in such a warm manner.”

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.

To nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award, visit forrestgeneral.com/daisyaward.

ABOUT FORREST GENERAL HOSPITAL

Forrest General, a leader in medical excellence in south Mississippi, is the flagship hospital of Forrest Health. The 547-bed, Level II Regional Trauma Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, provides regional health services to a 19-county service area. Founded in 1952, the hospital’s mission — to do what is best for the patient — is grounded in “We C.A.R.E.” values of caring and compassion. For more information, visit forrestgeneral.com

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