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OMC recognizes Daisy Award Winner Brittany Wade, R.N.

OMC recognizes Daisy Award Winner Brittany Wade, R.N.

WEST PLAINS, Mo – Brittany Wade, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC), has been recognized with the prestigious DAISY Award. The national award is presented to nurses across the U.S. who go above and beyond for their patients and community. Wade was nominated by a patient’s family for her kindness, patience and care.

The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes those who display dedication to the health and wellness of their patients. The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.” The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.

From the nomination form submitted by a patient’s family member: “Brittany was a sweet heart that provided exceptional care to my dad while he was in [intensive care unit] ICU. Her smile lit up the room every time she entered, even when my dad had made a mess that needed cleaned up. Her wittiness was equal to what dad gave her. He loved to pick at her. They talked about deer hunting and cooking deer meat. The day after dad was moved to the second floor, she brought him cooked deer meat just like she had promised him from conversations in ICU. This young lady is a huge asset to the nursing staff of the hospital. I wish all nurses were as compassionate and caring as she is.”

“It is wonderful that nurses get to make a difference every day, and sometimes it’s those small moments of connection with a patient that mean so much,” stated Tom Keller, President and CEO, OMC. “We want to thank Brittany for being an example of the exceptional, compassionate care that we provide at OMC.”

Wade has worked as a registered nurse for five years, three of those at OMC. She received her nursing degree from Southwest Baptist University, Springfield. Brittany always knew she wanted to work in healthcare and in high school she decided to pursue a nursing career. It was a family member fighting a cancer diagnosis that gave Brittany the final push into the field, after they requested Brittany’s assistance in their care at home.

DAISY Award honorees personify OMC’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in the OMC nursing community.

Nominate a Nurse!

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out an OMC nomination form by visiting https://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/For-Patients-Visitors.aspx, or picking one up at several locations throughout the OMC West Plains Campus.

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

From left to right: Brittany Wade, R.N.; Dianne Richardson, R.N., Director, OMC Cancer Treatment Center.

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