OMC recognizes Daisy Award Winner Tashia Gehlken, R.N.
WEST PLAINS, Mo – Tashia Gehlken, a registered nurse (RN) in the
medical-surgical 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.
A patient’s family nominated Gehlken for her genuine compassion
and exceptional care.
The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes those who display dedication
to the health and wellness of their patients. The DAISY Foundation established
the DAISY Award 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:
“Our family would like to nominate Tashia Gehlken from Ozarks Medical
Center. Our beloved Lucille, grandma, mom, and wife, fell and broke her
hip. The care she received at OMC was beyond exceptional. After surgery,
Lucille was not coming out of anesthesia. The family decided to take her
off all medication and let her pass. Tashia was the nurse at the hospital
during our stay of four days. Our family was blown away by not only the
first class care Tashia gave Lucille but the all-out genuine compassion
she showed our family during one of the most difficult times of our lives.
We will be eternally grateful to Tashia and the staff for helping ensure
not only Lucille’s comfort but the family’s as well. Tashia
went above and beyond the duties of a nurse in those last four days of
Lucille’s life. She was a saving grace for our family and provided
the comfort and care none of us even knew we needed. We are so thankful
to Tashia. She is deserving of so much more than just the Daisy Award,
but it would be an excellent way to recognize her for what she did for
Gehlken has worked as a registered nurse for ten years, two of those at
OMC. A native of Mountain View, where she currently resides, Gehlken recently
completed her BSN at Chamberlain University. Gehlken hadn’t considered
a career in healthcare until she took a CNA job and fell in love with
it. Gehlken said she likes that nursing allows her to be a positive influence
in an otherwise unpleasant time in people’s lives. She said she
likes working at OMC because of the ever-changing environment. “Every
day is a different set of patients and skills that I will need to call
upon,” said Gehlken. “OMC is such a positive company to work
“It is wonderful that nurses get to make a difference every day.
In addition to the excellent healthcare they provide, often it is the
compassion and encouragement that is truly needed by our patients and
their families, to heal,” stated Tom Keller, President, and CEO,
OMC. “We want to thank Tashia for being an example of the exceptional,
compassionate care that we provide at OMC.”
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
Pictured from left to right: Claude Moore and Susan Woolsey, patient family
members; Tashia Gehlken, RN, OMC Med/Surg; Lacey Carter, Executive Director
of Nursing; Tom Keller, President & CEO, Ozarks Medical Center.