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Samaritan Celebrates January 2021 DAISY and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: February 2, 2021

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for January 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.

Jill Rice, RN, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Samaritan’s ICU/PCU, received the DAISY Award and Crystal DeWitt, Purchasing Assistant, was honored with the BEE Award. Both honorees were nominated by fellow staff members and selected by a committee.

Rice was nominated by colleague Hannah Sherrill, RN, for her empathy, positivity, and tireless efforts over the past few months:

“Jill works toward ensuring that patients receive genuine care and instills ethics in her training of new orientees and other staff members,” Sherrill writes in her nomination. “She is frequently called on by nurses to help, and she models empathy and care for patients with the utmost positive attitude. She is always professional and works tirelessly to ensure her staff has what they need to feel successful.”

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Rice 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.

DeWitt was nominated for the BEE Award by an anonymous colleague for her professionalism, trustworthiness, and “team player” mentality:

“Crystal gives 110% every day,” the nomination reads. “She is trustworthy and follows through on any additional projects or tasks assigned to her because she knows how important it is to our patients…She is always upbeat, professional and smiles even when it’s busy. She helps others when she can and is a team player every day!”

DeWitt 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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