For nurses who provide extraordinary care at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, we honor them through The DAISY Award which is an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day.
Emilee Maxey Bellman is an RN team leader on 3 South and has been at Morristown-Hamblen for two and a half years. Nursing and helping to take care of those in her hometown area are major passions for her.
“I chose to work at Morristown-Hamblen because it was close to home and I wanted to help take care of people in the same community that I was raised in,” she said.
Emilee said her inspiration for what she does is taking care of others.
“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “Becoming a nurse was definitely a calling from God, and one that I am so glad that I answered.”
Bellman also says her daughter, 11-month old Harper, inspires her every day to become a better person.
“I am so thankful to my husband, Cody, for all of his support, and to my mom, Regina, as well for her support and all that she has done to help me become who I am today,” she said. “My beautiful daughter, Harper, gives me purpose and puts a smile on my face every morning.”
Emilee is from right here in Morristown and obtained her nursing degree at Walters State Community College.
She says being nominated for and being awarded a Daisy Award is a very special honor, but one that is part of coming to work at MHHS to take care of patients the same every day.
“This award is very special to me,” she said. “Every day that I come into work, I try to the best of my ability to be the best nurse that I can for my patients and their families, so that at the end of the day, they are that much closer to being back to their best selves. This award lets me know that I am accomplishing just that and that my patients recognize my efforts.”
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. 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.