Tonya Smith is a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, has been awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is determined by nominations from co-workers, or peers. Multiple nominations were received telling stories of how Tonya routinely goes above and beyond her assigned duties as a nurse for our patients.
One of the many stories depicted a family – mother, father and daughter, who were traveling from out of state who were involved in an automobile accident. The daughter suffered severe injury and EMS arranged a flight transfer to the nearest trauma center from the Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System campus. After riding with EMS to the hospital, the family had no means of transportation to follow their daughter. Tonya arranged for her husband to pick them up, take them to the wrecked car to gather their things, fed them and drove them to be with their daughter. He waited patiently nearby until their daughter was discharged from the hospital, at which point he took them to the airport for a flight home.
The DAISY Award was created in honor of the late J. Patrick Barnes, who at the age of 33, was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP (idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Barnes and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick.
Barnes’ family wanted to honor the kindness and compassion exhibited by the hospital nurses toward the entire family.
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