Trident Health System February 17, 2015

Charleston, SC - Carrie Rafferty, a registered nurse who works on the Medical Surgical unit at Summerville Medical Center recently earned The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system). The international award, established by The DAISY Foundation, celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Honorees are selected by their patients.

Rafferty was surprised during an awards ceremony at Summerville Medical Center.

“Carrie epitomizes the essence of The DAISY Award,” said Lynn Singleton, chief nursing officer at Summerville Medical Center. “She demonstrates genuine kindness, care and unparalleled compassion on a daily basis. I recall her taking care of my mother who, due to dementia, was not the most cooperative person. Carrie took her time, explained things, held her hand in a reassuring way and even provided and played soft music to help calm her. I am amazed at the empathy Carrie displays with each of her interactions. She is an amazingly talented nurse who lives our mission of ‘creating a caring environment where healing occurs.’”

A Summerville Medical Center staff member since 2008, Rafferty is known among her peers as being an advocate for her patients and their families. Playfully nicknamed “Ninja Nurse,” her co-workers say she always performs above and beyond expectations as evidenced by the stories her patients tell.

Rafferty was moved by the award. Through tears she said, “I am just so honored.”

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). The family created a Foundation in Barnes’ memory to recognize the extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do each day. Summerville Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one nurse with this special honor four times a year.

Carrie Rafferty, a registered nurse who works on the Medical Surgical unit at Summerville Medical Center recently earned The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system). The international award, established by The DAISY Foundation, celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Honorees are selected by their patients.

“Carrie epitomizes the essence of The DAISY Award,” said Lynn Singleton, chief nursing officer at Summerville Medical Center. “She demonstrates genuine kindness, care and unparalleled compassion on a daily basis. I recall her taking care of my mother who, due to dementia, was not the most cooperative person. Carrie took her time, explained things, held her hand in a reassuring way and even provided and played soft music to help calm her. I am amazed at the empathy Carrie displays with each of her interactions. She is an amazingly talented nurse who lives our mission of ‘creating a caring environment where healing occurs.

A Summerville Medical Center staff member since 2008, Rafferty is known among her peers as being an advocate for her patients and their families. Playfully nicknamed “Ninja Nurse,” her co-workers say she always performs above and beyond expectations as evidenced by the stories her patients tell.

Rafferty was moved by the award. Through tears she said, “I am just so honored.”<

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). The family created a Foundation in Barnes’ memory to recognize the extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do each day. Summerville Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one nurse with this special honor four times a year.

Pictured from left: Marcey Jorgenson, Chief Nursing Officer for Trident Medical Center; Lynn Singleton, Chief Nursing Officer for Summerville Medical Center; Carrie Rafferty, RN; Carolyn Ogrodnik, Director of the 3rd Floor Medical Surgical Unit for Summerville Medical Center and Lisa Valentine, Chief Executive Officer for Summerville Medical Center.