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    Published on May 26, 2022

    Forrest General Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner for May

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (May 26, 2022) KC Rawlings, RN, a nurse in Forrest General Hospital’s Endoscopy Department, has been named the May 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.­

    “Recently, KC went above and beyond to care for a patient and family member,” said her nominator, who went on to explain. “On Friday, May 13, KC stayed late to assist a patient in the ER in order to maintenance a J-tube that was obstructed. The patient had been waiting for five hours in the ER and was subject to transfer to Jackson due to the nature of the obstruction of his drain tube. After two hours, KC was able to achieve a patent tube that allowed the tube to function properly. This ultimately saved the patient a costly transfer, as well as an overnight stay in the hospital. The patient became tearful because of the excellent care KC provided.”

    Rawlings, a resident of Seminary, has been a nurse for 32 years, but has only been at Forrest General Hospital since May of 2021 when she and her family moved to the area. She received her nursing degree from Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. “It had always been a dream of mine to become a nurse, and that’s what I set out to do,” she said. “I accomplished that goal and have been loving it ever since.”

    “Nurses, like KC 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 KC 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.

    If you would like to view additional photos and videos from Forrest Health, please visit our media page at https://media.forresthealth.org/.

    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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