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Samaritan Celebrates March 2021 DAISY and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: April 15, 2021

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

Alison Nugent, RN, of Samaritan’s Infusion Unit, received the DAISY Award and Laura Ross, Patient Care Assistant (PCA) in the Emergency Department, was honored with the BEE Award. Both honorees were nominated by Samaritan colleagues and selected by a committee.

Nugent 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 Kodie Anderson, RN, BSN, 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 Anderson was recognized as the February 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 – Nugent 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.

Ross was nominated for the BEE Award by Karen Jobson, RN, Emergency Department Nurse Manager, for her compassion, friendliness and hard work to support patient care:

“Laura is an amazing PCA,” Jobson writes in her nomination. “She is compassionate and engaged and provides exceptional care to patients. Laura is a very hard worker — when she has a moment of down time, I can find her cleaning the utility rooms, putting away supplies, making sure all the patient rooms are adequately stocked and free of clutter. Laura always greets our customers with a ‘hello’ and a friendly smile. She definitely displays Samaritan’s HEART values and behaviors.”

Ross 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