Forrest General Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner for March
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (April 13, 2022) Kim Lee, RN, an inpatient wound care nurse in Forrest General Hospital’s Wound Care Center, has been named the March 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.
“Forrest General is lucky to have Kim,” said her nominator. “Not only has she stuck around through thick and thin within the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic and understaffing, she goes above and beyond each shift to take care of all the patients within the hospital that she sees, including all floors and ICU.” The nominator noted that Kim takes time to build relationships with her patients and remembers both their name and face during reassessments and future admissions.
A very surprised Lee said she knew since her days at Magee High School that she wanted to pursue a profession in the healthcare field. “I always loved caring for people and being that support they need,” Lee said. “It’s always been a passion of mine since high school knowing I wanted to be a nurse.” She has a sister who is a physician in Meridian.
Lee earned her nursing degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and has been working at Forrest General Hospital for about 16 years. She did take a break to work in a nursing home setting as a wound care nurse but soon brought her talents back to the hospital where she shared the knowledge she had learned while away.
“Nurses, like Kim 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 Kim 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.
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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