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Samaritan Celebrates September 2021 DAISY and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: October 8, 2021

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

Sharon Gamble, LPN

Sharon Gamble, an LPN at the Clayton Family Health Center, received the DAISY Award and Rhonda VanOrman, Nursing Assistant, was honored with the BEE Award. Both Gamble and VanOrman were nominated by colleagues at Samaritan.

Gamble was chosen to receive the DAISY Award for her decades of empathy, care and dedication to Samaritan and her patients.

“[Sharon] greets each encounter with a warm welcome and makes you feel like you are the only patient there,” her nomination letter reads. “She remembers personal events that you have discussed during other visits and follows up on not only your medical needs but also personal events and family, which in turn creates such an individualized and caring perspective. Sharon is definitely a deserving DAISY!”

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

Rhonda VanOrman, NA, (right) with Nurse Manager Wendy Henry, BSN, WCC.

VanOrman received the BEE Award for her hardworking, compassionate and contagiously positive attitude.

“Rhonda is usually happy-go-lucky and isn’t shy in telling others how much she loves her job, what she does and how she has the ability to make a positive impact for those in need of our healthcare,” her nomination reads. “Rhonda demonstrates dedication to Samaritan. She is full of empathy and accountability. She is certainly deserving of this BEE recognition as she is so vital to patients’ recovery…we need more Rhondas.”

VanOrman 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 www.samaritanhealth.com/daisy-bee.