Medical center employees earn awards

Published 10:28 am Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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BERMUDA RUN – Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center has announced its most recent Bee and Daisy award winners.

Erin Howard, a certified nursing assistant (CNA), earned the Bee award, and Angie Jamie, registered nurse, earned the Daisy award.

The Bee award recognizes team members outside of nursing and coincides with the Daisy Award, which honors nurses. The Bee award was created because, just as in nature, bees are loyal and hardworking. The bee cannot exist without the daisy and the daisy cannot exist without the bee.

Erin Howard

When asked why she became a CNA, Howard said: “I became a CNA because it provided me with the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of a variety of people.

“When I was growing up, I cared for my grandmother while she was dealing with dementia and heart disease. The same medical care and attention that was given to her is the same type of care that I want to provide. I have learned so many things since becoming a CNA and plan to carry those lessons with me as I continue my career in medicine,” she said.

Howard’s manager, Will Parker, said: “Erin is a stellar employee who exemplifies the culture commitments of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Her fellow teammates adore her along with the patients she cares for.

“Erin is leaving to pursue her physician assistant degree and will be joining the program at our Boone campus. We could not be happier for her and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

The Daisy Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

Davie Medical Center recognizes one of its nurses with this special honor twice a year. Each honoree receives a banner, certificate, pin and a hand carved “A Healer’s Touch” stone sculpture.

“I’ve always known that I would be a nurse,” Jamie said. “I was introduced to a wonderful nurse and physician at a young age. I knew that I was safe but scared, but it was going to be all right.  Each day I pray that my patients will know that I will do my best to care for them and keep them safe.

“To do what I love, in the county that I live in, is a blessing that is not lost on me.”

“I have had the pleasure of working with Angie for many years, she has always strived to keep the patient at the center of her care,” said Krista Holcomb, her manager. “Angie greets everyone in a friendly manner and takes her time to explain all of the processes to both patients and their families.”

The next Daisy and Bee award winners at the medical center will be announced in late fall.