Meadows Regional Medical Center Lab Phlebotomist Sheila Gupton and The Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center RN Candace Martinez received awards Monday, Nov. 11. Gupton received the Meadows Moment Award, and Martinez received the November Daisy Award. The Meadows Moment Award was created to recognize staff members and physicians who are noticed for exemplifying Meadows’ values of compassion, teamwork and integrity. Awards are given to
deserving employees for coming up with new ideas, helping coworkers, and other efforts that bring value to the team.
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.
“The extra steps that Shelia and Candy both took to ensure one of our Cancer Center patients’ needs were met are extremely touching and also exemplify the types of actions that go unnoticed by so many in the healthcare field but make a lasting impact on the patients’ lives who are affected, “said Jeffrey
Harden, Meadows Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Gupton has been employed with Meadows since 2008 and currently resides in Vidalia. Martinez has been employed with Meadows since 2013 and currently resides in Baxley.
Sheila Gupton, Meadows Regional Medical Center Lab Phlebotomist,
and Candace Martinez, The Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center RN, receives awards Monday,
Nov. 11. Gupton received the Meadows Moment Award, and Martinez received the November Daisy
Award. Front row left to right: Assistant Vice President of Post-Acute Care Johnny Carroll; Lab
Phlebotomist Sheila Gupton; RN Candace Martinez; RN OCN Director of Cancer Care Services Samantha
Walker. Back row left to right: Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Jeffrey
Harden; Assistant Vice President of Quality and Process Improvement Robert Lummus; Vice President of
Physician Enterprise Mid McCain; Vice President of Revenue Cycle Operations/Information Services
Mike Hagan; Chief Operating Officer James Nixon; Chief Financial Officer Tony O’Steen.