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McLeod nurse receives DAISY Award for May

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Stephanie Barr

McLeod Regional Medical Center nurse Stephanie Barr, who served eight years in the U.S. Navy, is the hospital's DAISY Award recipient for May. She also was voted the 2020 Medical Observation Nurse of the Year by her peers

FLORENCE, S.C. — Stephanie Barr, BSN, RN, a staff nurse on the Medical Observation floor, recently was named the May DAISY Award recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center. Barr was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care and compassion.

To recognize those nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center who are true examples of nursing excellence, patients, family members and co-workers can nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The patient wrote, “Stephanie really needs to be honored this year. She is a caring nurse. She is outstanding, and she is a super star! She makes you feel welcome.”

In a conversation with the McLeod Patient Relations team, the patient continually expressed her gratitude for the  care she received on a clinical level and explained how she was brought to tears by the amount of “Christian love” that was shown to her by Barr and the entire staff.

The patient was very concerned about the procedure she was going to have done in nuclear medicine, but Barr and the team prayed with her, sang with her and provided her with so much encouragement to face what needed to be done. Once she arrived in Nuclear Medicine, she expressed how comforted she felt because of the staff she encountered there.

“They made me feel confident that everything would be all right,” she said.

Barr, who served eight years in the U.S. Navy, was also voted the 2020 Medical Observation Nurse of the Year by her peers. She is pursuing a degree as a family nurse practitioner.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care that Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses can be nominated for their strong clinical skills and the compassionate care they provide. Nomination forms are available on each nursing unit at McLeod Regional Medical Center or can be found at

Recipients of the DAISY Award are chosen by the DAISY committee, led by nurses at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.

Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."

The honoree is also given a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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