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Samaritan Celebrates February 2021 DAISY and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: April 6, 2021

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for February 2021. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff at the hospital, and the BEE Award honors other outstanding staff members who support patient care.

Kodie Anderson, RN, BSN, of Samaritan’s Infusion Unit, received the DAISY Award and Gabrielle Rickett, Radiologic Technologist, was honored with the BEE Award. Both honorees were nominated by fellow staff members and selected by a committee.

Anderson was nominated for going above and beyond to provide monoclonal antibody therapy to residents of Samaritan Summit Village who had COVID-19. She and co-worker Alison Nugent, RN, came into work on the weekend of New Year’s Day to provide the therapy to five residents. Since they worked together, they were both nominated in the same letter, and Nugent was recognized as the March 2021 DAISY recipient.

“I believe these two nurses demonstrated patient centered care, acknowledging that we have many locations and entities at Samaritan and we are all here to deliver safe quality care,” the nomination letter reads. “I am so extremely proud of these nurses and feel they both deserve to be DAISY recipients since they have responded as a tag-team with a warm welcome and smile.”

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Anderson was presented a certificate commending her as an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, and a symbolic sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. A larger version of this sculpture is on display in the Healing Gardens at Samaritan in honor of all DAISY and BEE Award winners. It was purchased using funds donated by the Samaritan Auxiliary.

Rickett was nominated for the BEE Award by her supervisor, William Cain, for her positive attitude, willingness to step up, and her flexibility throughout the COVID-19 pandemic:

“She has been a shining example to all the other techs on how to carry yourself during a disaster [like this pandemic],” Cain writes in his nomination. “Her technical skills, work ethic and patient care skills are second-to-none in my department. Gabrielle is the type of employee that keeps a department going during tough times. She is the backbone of radiology.”

Rickett was presented a certificate, a BEE Award pin, and a gift bag with other tokens of gratitude.

Both awards will continue to be presented throughout the year, and nominations can be submitted by patients, families, or colleagues at any time. To make a nomination, or to learn more about the DAISY and BEE Awards, visit

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