Published on March 18, 2020

Kennedy Receives DAISY Award

Charlie Kennedy receiving daisy award

Presenting Charie Kennedy (center) with NMMC’s DAISY Award for December are Kristen Long, senior nursing director, and David Wilson, president.

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Charie Kennedy of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for December 2019.

Kennedy spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day caring for patients in the SICU. She brought each patient a stocking filled with soap, tissues, deodorant and lip balm. “That one act of kindness meant the world to my patient,” wrote a coworker about a young mother of five who was spending her first Christmas away from her children. “She was overwhelmed by the gift and started to cry when she opened it. She said she would never forget this Christmas, not because she was in the hospital but because of the kindness she was shown by Charie.”

A resident of Marietta, Kennedy joined the NMMC staff 15 years ago. She worked on 3 West for 13 years before transferring to the SICU two years ago. A 1986 graduate of Baldwyn High School, she worked in forestry for many years before earning an associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2005.

Kennedy received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a bouquet donated by Bishop’s Flower Shop and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at www.nmhs.net/daisy-award. For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email daisyawards@nmhs.net.

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