Published on December 05, 2017

Ballard Honored with DAISY Award

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Carleigh Ballard of the Mother-Baby Unit at Women’s Hospital recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for October.

She 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.

Ballard earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in May 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in August 2016. She joined the NMMC staff in June 2015 and worked on 6 South for one year before transferring to her current position.

Ballard was nominated by a patient who was moved to her unit following an emergency Cesarean-section delivery. “On Day 2 or 3, I woke up around 3 or 4 in the morning short of breath,” the patient wrote. “I had never had a big surgery like this, so I just thought maybe this was normal. So I begged her not to call the doctor because I didn’t think it was anything, and I told her I would just tell Dr. Hill when she came in that morning. Well, thank goodness, Carleigh didn’t listen to me.”

The patient was taken by ambulance for a CT scan at the main hospital to check for pulmonary embolism. “I was scared to death. I think Carleigh knew this and so even though I know she was busy and it was getting close to shift change, she rode with me to the hospital and stayed with me the whole time,” she wrote. When the patient was able to be transferred back to Women’s Hospital, she requested Ballard again as her nurse.

“I don’t know exactly what it was about Carleigh, but both my mom and I felt so comfortable with her,” she wrote. “I always knew that she was taking immaculate care of not only me, but my baby and my mom as well.”

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email

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