Compassionate Care -- Nurse Receives DAISY Honor for Excellent Service

from Commercial Appeal, The .. 

By Lori Simpson 

Porsha Divittorio, a nurse in the emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, recently earned the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, given in appreciation of the work nurses do. 

Divittorio was nominated by Kirsten Baxter, a technician in materials management at Baptist Memphis. Baxter suffered a hand injury and was impressed by the level of personal concern and compassion Divittorio showed while caring for her. Each month, Baptist Memphis' nursing administrators accept nominations and select a nurse to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate and a sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. 

"Porsha is a fine example of what a nurse should be," said Dana Dye, chief nursing officer at Baptist Memphis. "She works to heal her patients' physical conditions while remembering to care for their emotional needs, as well." 

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Lori Simpson is a public relations intern for the Corporate Communications department at Baptist. 

Originally published by Lori Simpson Special to My Life .




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