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CGH Recognizes DAISY Award Winner Stacy Dillard, RN

Monday, March 14, 2022

Contact: Dana McCoy

Stacy Dillard, a registered nurse, and Lead Shift Coordinator, was recently recognized as a recipient of the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. An international program, the award is presented to nurses around the world who go above and beyond for their patients and demonstrate extraordinary compassionate care.

“I’d like to nominate Stacy Dillard for the Daisy Award,” said Kristie Geil, CGH Chief Nursing Officer. “It’s my understanding that she provided outstanding poise and leadership during an extremely challenging time. People don’t realize how difficult the role of Shift Coordinator can be after hours and on weekends. They are responsible for so many things and wear so many hats. Stacey wears all of them stylishly well and with great autonomy. I’m not sure what else to say to articulate how her constant leadership is deserving of this recognition, but I took her phone call at 0400 one Saturday morning. In true style, she gave her everything to the staff, the patients, and the family.”

“Recently, I was able to witness Stacy’s leadership and poise in action,” added Ryan Venema, EMT-P, Director of Prehospital Care. “She helped coordinate the care of a critical patient along with simultaneously supporting the caregivers involved in the care. This type of leadership helps calm the storm and keeps folks dialed in. Sometimes it is easy as a normal human response to get caught up in the emotional part of providing care in a high acuity environment. Stacy remained grounded and steady. She didn’t allow herself to get caught up in the event but was present and focused on what needed to occur. She did this not only for this event but also for the rest of the hospital as business continued throughout. Thank you, Stacy, for all you do!”

The DAISY Award - an acronym for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” - was established by the DAISY Foundation in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.

Congratulations to the following CGH nurses who were also nominated for the DAISY award during the 3rd quarter: Claire Aulwes; Darcie Bettner; Laurie Davis; Elizabeth Detig, LPN; Stacy Dillard; Sarah Gee; Roma Deidykyte; Melissa Grechke; Danielle Grobe; Lucas House; Jennifer Howard; Julie Hurd; Nataly Jones, LPN; Casey Lafrentz; Mason Lang; Trinity Lewis; Lindsay Melendres; Johnna Myers, LPN; Megan Parkinson, LPN; Jennifer Quigg; Breah Sharp; Whitney Smith; Lisa Vos; Kelcie Wilkens; Laurie Wilkenson; Gayle Wright and Pat Zigler.

If you would like to submit a nomination for extraordinary nursing care that you, a family member, or a patient have received at CGH Medical Center, please visit