Published on October 06, 2017

Ballard Honored with DAISY Award 

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Drew Ballard of the Critical Care Unit recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for August.

He 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, who lives in Tupelo, earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. He joined the NMMC staff in June 2016.

Ballard was nominated by the daughter of a Critical Care Unit patient. “Dad had severe confusion, agitation and hallucinations. Initially he did not recognize any of his family members and was unable to recall simple information,” the nomination states. “The nights were always most difficult, but Drew always intervened when Dad was unable to be calm. Throughout all of this, Drew remained compassionate and made sure that Dad received the best care. However, we were most touched after being transferred to the floor, Drew came to check on Dad and say hello several times.”

Once, the patient became so confused that he would not take his medications from his nurses. “Drew willingly came and talked to Dad for three to four minutes, and Dad agreed to take his medications.”

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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