DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (April 6, 2018) – Halifax Health recently honored two registered nurses – Madison Geyer and Kayla Wood – as winners of the community health system’s January 2018 DAISY Award recognizing extraordinary nurses.
A Daytona State College graduate, Madison Geyer has been a registered nurse for one year. She currently works in Halifax Health Medical Center’s cardiac progressive care unit. The Ohio native says, “I became a nurse because I love helping people and putting a smile on their face.”
The patient who nominated Geyer commissioned an ode to be written for her that states, “Her genuine sincereness in the way she gave me care, showed more love and true concern that I’ve known anywhere.” The poem goes on to say, “For in my entire life I have never had such a wonderful nurse. I did not want to go home and leave her behind.”
Kayla Wood, a labor and delivery nurse, began her career at Halifax Health in 2016 in the intensive medical care unit. She has worked in labor and delivery since January 2017. She is currently studying for the registered nurse certification. Wood says, “When I saw my first live birth at the age of 10, I knew that labor and delivery was where I wanted to be. I knew I was supposed to be helping moms bring their babies into the world, so when a position became available in labor and delivery, I knew I had to jump on it, so I did. I love my job helping bring these little miracles into the world.”
The patient who nominated Wood wrote the following, “I met Kayla within an hour of being admitted and she immediately calmed my nerves. By the end of her shift, I felt as if I had made a new friend who was caring for me, not just a nurse. Her compassion and kindness and calmness are qualities I admire greatly and truly appreciated as I navigated the next 60 hours in the hospital.”
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. A DAISY Award Partner, Halifax Health encourages patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees to nominate a nurse each month for this honor.
About the DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. During his eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to him, but his entire family. The foundation, whose name DAISY is an acronym for diseases that attack the immune system, has as one of its goals to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of those they care for with the superhuman work they do every day. To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, go to daisyfoundation.org.
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.