Published on June 19, 2019

Cox Receives DAISY Award

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Carla Cox of Short Stay Surgery recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for April 2019.

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.

Cox was nominated by a coworker for her extraordinary dedication to a 4-year-old patient who was brought to NMMC for surgery to repair a broken arm. During her assessment, the nurse noticed some issues that led her to believe there was an underlying problem and contacted the pediatric social worker for guidance. After surgery, it became more evident to Cox that the child was suffering from malnutrition and a skin disorder.

Cox spoke with the parent and learned that the child’s Medicaid coverage had lapsed, as well as discovered several other needs. She helped the parent with the necessary forms for Medicaid and made appointments for a dermatologist and pediatrician, also ensuring they had transportation to the appointments. She purchased and delivered groceries and household items to the family after they returned home. She also provided the family with her personal phone number and offered any further assistance she could provide.

At Christmas, Cox led her department to provide the family with nutritious meals, basic needs and gifts for the holidays—delivering them to their home on her day off. “This nurse’s provision of patient-centered care is extraordinary, her concern is genuine, her heart is tender, and her acts of kindness are sincere,” her nomination states. She has remained in contact with the patient and his mother.

Cox joined the NMMC-Pontotoc staff in February 2008 as a certified nursing assistant. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in May 2011 and transferred to Short Stay Surgery that June. She is married to Warren Seavey, and they have four children and a grandchild. Three nights each week, Cox teaches and volunteers at Transformation Home for Women in Verona. She also sings with the praise and worship team at Anchor Church in Verona each week, as well as serves in various ministries at church.

Carla Cox receives Daisy award

T.J. Adams (from left), administrator for cardiovascular and surgical services, presents NMMC’s April DAISY Award to Carla Cox of Short Stay Surgery, who is congratulated by Emily Edwards, director of nursing leadership; and Jessica Raines, Short Stay Surgery nurse manager.

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 For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email

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