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DAISY Award Recipient – Ginger Dragan

Posted on January 11, 2022

For nurses who provide extraordinary care at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, we honor them through The DAISY Award, an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day. Ginger Dragan was our most recent DAISY Award winner.

Ginger is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for four years. She most recently joined the management team and now serves as the Nurse Manager for the third floor. “Nursing is such a rewarding career and the entire staff at MHHS allows me to work hard and give my all,” said Ginger.

She began her career in nursing over six years ago and is currently enrolled in school to obtain her MSN degree. “I have always had an interest in the medical field and I feel that nursing is truly my passion.”

“Moving up the clinical ladder is currently my greatest accomplishment. I started my clinical career as a Patient Care Assistant and I am now a Nurse Manager,” she said.

She is originally from Connecticut and moved to Morristown, TN. She chose to work at Morristown-Hamblen because she instantly felt like it was the perfect fit when she came in for her initial interview. “Covenant Health truly cares about their employees and that’s what I love most,” she said.

Ginger says her goals in working at MHHS is to give her best each and every day and provide the best care possible to all of our patients and the best support to our staff.

“I am happily married to my husband Dave, we have a two-year-old daughter together named Brianna and I have two step children, Brad and Brooklyn,” said Ginger.

When asked what the DAISY award means to her, Ginger said “To me, this award means I need to continue to work hard and give 100% all of the time. I strive to give the best care possible to all of our patients at Morristown-Hamblen.”

Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. If you are interested in nominating a nurse at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System for the DAISY award, please click here to nominate. 

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.