Published on February 16, 2017

SICU’s Hallmark, Kovalick Share DAISY Award

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurses Lisa Hallmark and Greg Kovalick of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for December 2016.

They 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.

Hallmark, who lives in Saltillo, earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College. After working in the Emergency Department at Le Bonheur Children s Hospital in Memphis for several years, she joined the NMMC staff in November 2015.

Kovalick joined the NMMC staff in October 2003 as a unit coordinator and transitioned into the role of registered nurse after earning his associate’s degree in nursing in May 2007. He resides in Belden.

The two were nominated by the mother of a patient who was admitted to SICU after a car accident. “I was distraught and scared that our son wasn’t going to make it,” said the mother, who lives two hours away. “The two of them put us at ease. They told my husband and I what they were doing and what they were going to do with Davis, and how he was progressing. I always had lots of questions and they always had an answer for me.”

The patient’s mother wrote that these nurses also explained the situation in terms she could understand. “I knew my son was in good hands, and I knew they loved their job and the people they took care of,” she stated. “I would have to say the time I spent at NMMC was the worst time of my life, but Greg and Lisa made the time more bearable. I felt like they understood our pain and made sure we knew what was going on.”

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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