Published on October 19, 2021

NMMC Presents DAISY Award to Wood-Jones

Karli Wood-Jones receives award

Presenting Karli Wood-Jones (second from left) with NMMC’s DAISY Award are (from left) Alicia Gardner, 3 West nurse manager; Kristen Long, interim chief nursing executive; and TJ Adams, NMMC administrator and vice president of Cardiovascular and Surgical Services.

Karli Wood-JonesTUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center presented its most recent DAISY Award to registered nurse Karli Wood-Jones of 3 West.

Wood-Jones was nominated by the son of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease who was often confused during her stay. One day she when she was particularly anxious, Wood-Jones crafted a stress ball using a disposable glove to help comfort her. “When we moved to the fourth floor, Mom wanted to take this ‘comfort object’ with her,” he wrote. “This is representative of Karlie’s continuing effort to relieve Mom’s anxiety even when Mom was difficult.”

The patient’s son was also complimentary of Wood-Jones’ continual attempts to connect with her personally. “She displayed the best of the nursing profession and brought credit to herself, the profession and North Mississippi Health Services,” he wrote.

Wood-Jones is a 2014 graduate of Tupelo High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2018. She completed an externship with NMMC before graduation and joined the hospital staff full time in 2020.

Wood-Jones 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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