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August 26-- Jessica Covington, Registered Nurse at the Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center, received the August DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

“We are so proud to have Kasey on the Meadows team,” said Meadows Regional Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Jeffrey Harden. “Her effort to make her patient’s day in the Cancer Center slightly better by ensuring that she had books warms my heart. While many people would have been too busy with the daily tasks of simply providing care, Kasey slowed down long enough to make a personal connection with her patient and identify a need that in many settings would not have been met. I am so proud of the amazing Cancer Center and the wonderful technology we can offer to the community, however it is the team of people inside like Kasey who truly make it the best place to receive care.”

mrmcdaisyaug19(L-R) Assistant Vice President of Quality and Process Improvement Robert Lummus; Vice President of Physician Enterprise Mid McCain; Cancer Center RN Kasey Rentz; Chief Nursing Officer Jeffrey Harden; Chief Operating Officer James Nixon; Vice President of Revenue Cycle Operations/Information Services Mike Hagan; President & CEO Alan Kent.

Rentz, from Hazlehurst, has been employed with Meadows Regional Medical Center since October, and is one of the chemotherapy nurses at The Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center.

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.