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