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Sheila Holman, RN, was named Ashe Memorial Hospital's inaugural DAISY Award winnerPicture of Sheila Holman, RN, who was named Ashe Memorial Hospital's inaugural DAISY Award winner
Sheila Holman, RN, was named Ashe Memorial Hospital's inaugural DAISY Award winnerPicture of Sheila Holman, RN, who was named Ashe Memorial Hospital's inaugural DAISY Award winner

Ashe Memorial Hospital names first DAISY Award winner

JEFFERSON, N.C. -- Sheila Holman, RN was recently selected as Ashe Memorial Hospital's inaugural DAISY Award winner.

Ashe Memorial Hospital takes great pride in providing patient-centered, high-quality care to the Ashe County Community. The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the essential role that nurses play in enhancing the patient experience by consistently demonstrating excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. Nurses may be nominated by patients, family members or colleagues.

Holman was nominated by the family of one of her patients and her story was chosen by the DAISY Award committee through a blind selection process. Ashe Memorial Hospital chief nursing officer JoAnn Smith presented Holman with the DAISY Award May 5 during a Nightingale Tea in celebration of Nurses' Week.

"We are excited to participate in this national award program and honored to name Sheila Holman as the first DAISY Award winner at Ashe Memorial Hospital," Smith said. "As her nominator shares, Sheila cares for others in a way that makes them feel like a part of her family. Her kindness and smile comforts others even in their worst days. During the past year, she has indeed been a hero and her positivity has made a difference. She is deserving of this national recognition."

As the winner of the DAISY Award, Holman received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. Holman also signed a DAISY Award banner, which will be hung on the hospital's medical/surgical floor where Holman works. The banner will rotate throughout the hospital with each new award winner.

In addition to Holman, Carol Roten, RN, Kina Jones, RN, Kiana Dillard, RN, Bradley Martin, LPN and Ruth Ann Hill, RN, also were nominated for the DAISY Award.

If you or a loved one has been positively impacted by the efforts and contributions of one of Ashe Memorial Hospital's dedicated nurses, the hospital encourages you to share your story of how a nurse made a meaningful difference in your life.

"We are proud to work with the DAISY Foundation to bring international recognition to our nurses," Smith said. "We are very excited about the DAISY Award program and look forward to sharing how our nurses have positively impacted their patients and our community."

Nomination forms are available throughout the hospital or online at Completed nomination forms can be placed in the collection boxes in the hospital's main lobby or emergency department lobby or mailed to the address on the form.

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in 1999 at the age of 33. During his hospitalization, the family was touched by the care and compassion shown to Barnes and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say "thank you" to nurses in a very public way.

About Ashe Memorial Hospital

For nearly 80 years, Ashe Memorial Hospital's dedicated team of board certified physicians, nurses and staff members have provided the highest quality medical care available to the people of Ashe County and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Ashe Memorial Hospital offers a wide variety of emergency, elective, rehabilitation and preventative health services.

Founded in 1941, Ashe Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited 25 bed critical hospital located in Jefferson, N.C. For more information, please visit or call 336-846-7101.