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June 4--  Registered Nurse Alicia Baker-Waring at Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia received the May DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses on Tuesday, May 28.

daisymay2019 jpg(L-R)  President & CEO Alan Kent; Assistant Vice President of Quality and Process Improvement Robert Lummus; Inpatient Director Blake Kirby; PCU RN Alicia Baker-Waring; Chief Nursing Officer Jeffrey Harden; Chief Operating Officer James Nixon; CMO/Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Karen McColl; Vice President of Physician Enterprise Mid McCain.

The Daisy Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The family noticed that during the course of Patrick’s illness the extraordinary care he received from nurses made a difference not only in his health but his personal well-being. The family wanted to recognize the extraordinary work nurses do daily while performing other duties involved in caring for their patients. The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a nationally recognized award that is celebrated across the country. Recipients from Meadows become part of an elite group of professionals across the nation.

“Alicia is an extraordinary nurse,” said Jeffrey Harden, Meadows Chief Nursing Officer. “She is held in extremely high regard among her peers and the medical staff. I was honored to be able to recognize her with the National Daisy Award. She truly encompasses the daisy spirit and goes beyond the call of duty daily. Meadows is lucky to have nurses like Alicia on our team, serving our community.”

Nurse Baker-Waring has been employed with Meadows Regional Medical Center since 2017 and lives in Vidalia.