Published on November 08, 2021

NMMC Presents DAISY Award to Pounds

Daisy award recipient Tori Pounds

Presenting Tori Pounds (center) with NMMC’s most recent DAISY Award are (from left) Jennifer Caldwell, Women’s Hospital director of nursing; Kristen Long, interim chief nursing executive; Linda Hersey, Labor and Delivery nurse manager; Ellen Friloux, vice president of Women and Children’s Services; and T.J. Adams, NMMC-Tupelo administrator and North Mississippi Health Services vice president for Cardiovascular and Surgical Services.

Tori PoundsTUPELO, Mississippi—North Mississippi Medical Center has awarded its most recent DAISY Award to registered nurse Tori Pounds of Women’s Hospital.

Pounds was nominated by a new mother who delivered her baby five weeks early. “Needless to say, my husband and I were nervous about our little girl,” she wrote. “Tori was wonderful! She was attentive to all our needs. She went above and beyond to be sure we were comfortable and informed.”

After being discharged home with their new baby, the mother was readmitted with postpartum pre-eclampsia, and again Pounds was her nurse. “I was nervous and anxious. Postpartum hormones were surging as I worried about leaving my 6-day-old baby,” she wrote. “Without me having to ask, Tori asked about breastfeeding. I assumed this complication meant the end of that journey, but Tori brought me a pump and all the supplies I needed. She even arranged for my husband to bring our little girl for a visit.”

Because they had a new baby at home, the mother spent most of this hospital stay alone. “Tori made sure I was as comfortable as she could and again met my needs, often before even asking,” she wrote. “She deserves to be recognized for her compassion and care that she gives to her patients.”

A 2010 graduate of Hamilton High School, Pounds earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2019. She lives in Booneville and joined the Labor and Delivery staff at NMMC Women’s Hospital in 2016.

Pounds 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.

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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