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News Angel Medical honors DAISY Award winner

Pictured (L-R) are Mandy Tabor Wishon, DAISY Award recipient; Tina Barnes, founder of The DAISY Fondation; Susan Johnson, ER Director and Cara Smith, recipient of Angel's first DAISY Award. Photo by Travis TallentEmergency room nurse receives recognition.

Angel Medical Center Emergency Room nurse, Mandy Tabor Wishon is the latest recipient of the DAISY award. Twice each year an AMC nurse is nominated by patients, family members, physicians or co-workers.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family members of Patrick Barnes who was 33 when he died of an immune system disorder. The family chose to turn their grief into a positive creating the DAISY Award as a way to recognize nurses who they believe are the “unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor than they receive.”

DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and to date has been awarded to more than 5,000 nurses in the United States, Canada and overseas. The foundation also provides grants for nursing research and evidence based projects related to auto-immune diseases and cancer.

Tina Barnes, wife of the late Patrick Barnes, was on hand to present the award. Tina is the founder of the DAISY Award and Foundation.

Wishon was nominated by co-workers Candice Allen, Sherry Williamson and Debbie Waldroop, all of whom she has had an impact on as an effective and caring nurse.

After the award was presented, those in attendance were invited to enjoy cinnamon rolls much like the Cinnabon cinnamon rolls that Barnes ate when he was ill. One of the few foods that he enjoyed, he enjoyed them so much he asked his parents to bring enough for all of the nurses at the hospital he was in.


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