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SSM-DAISY award winner

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:20 am

Mexico, Mo.­—Tammy Eady, LPN, is the most recent recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Eady is a licensed practical nurse who works on 2 South at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. It was her exceptional level of caring and compassion that led to her nomination.
Eady was nominated for the DAISY Award by two patients who said she showed compassion and true joy in her work when it came to their care and their family member’s care.
“Tammy was my precious mother’s nurse and we were so excited and relieved to be in her joyful presence,” the family of the first patient explained. “Tammy is so kind, happy, professional and thorough in everything she does.”
“Tammy is a very caring and efficient nurse. She came into my room even when she wasn’t my assigned nurse because she could see I needed assistance,” said the second patient who nominated Eady. “I know I can depend on her to take care of my wellbeing.”
“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Mida Sison-Martinez, chief nursing officer for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Award provides a way for us to do that.”
Eady embodies the mission of St. Mary’s Hospital, and her care is a model for all nurses serving SSM Health ministries.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain to receive the DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Each honoree is registered as part of the national program and receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse” as well as a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. The nurse and his or her unit is also treated to cinnamon rolls, as this was Barnes’ way of saying thank you to the nursing staff caring for him.
For more information about the DAISY Award program, please visit