Published on May 17, 2017

Ford Honored with DAISY Award

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Linda Ford of the Mother/Baby Unit at Women’s Hospital recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for March.

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.

Ford, who lives in Houston, earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and has 12 years of nursing experience. She joined the NMMC staff in December 2015.

Ford was nominated by the father of a newborn for her extraordinary care. “We were exhausted. My wife had only a few hours of sleep, and I had only one,” he wrote. “Our daughter was up all night screaming—breast-feeding was not working. Ma’maw (nurse Ford) was our saving grace. She helped us feed and rocked her to sleep. She helped us figure out what was wrong and calm her.”

After the baby awoke a second time, screaming again, Ford again came to the rescue. “She took our baby and told us to get some rest; she would ‘love on that sweet girl.’ She calmed her to sleep again and advised us some more things to help. God placed her here in the right time with the right room because He knew what we would need…. She didn’t just care for another patient. She was loving on one of her own children.”

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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