Forrest General Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner for January

January Daisy Winner

Lucas Martin, RN

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (February 18, 2022) Lucas Martin, RN, who works in the Intensive Care Unit at Forrest General Hospital, has been named the January recipient of the DAISY Award. The award, which is presented monthly to a deserving nurse or nurses, exemplifies clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the nursing community.­

According to his nominator, Martin was incredibly great with the patient but also with the patient’s family members. “It was a very scary situation for my siblings and I, and Lucas put us all at ease,” his nominator said. “He answered every question we had, addressed every concern, and helped us to understand what exactly was going on. He was not only compassionate, but also considerate. He calmed us and by doing that, it helped calm our loved one. But what really pushed him over the top was when he spent nearly four hours brushing our loved one’s hair.” Having been in the bed for more than a month, and also being on bipap, the knots in the patient’s hair were a challenge.

“We had been trying to do what we could when we visited, but Lucas went above and beyond his job description,” said the nominator. “Our loved one doesn’t remember much from day-to-day, but surely remembered Lucas. We are all so incredibly grateful for having Lucas as our loved one’s nurse, even for a short period of time. He really embodies what it means and takes to be the best.”

 “Nurses, like Lucas and others who have been nominated for and honored with the DAISY Award during the past year, are an integral part of what makes Forrest General such a caring and compassionate place for your healthcare needs,” said Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president. “I am so proud of Lucas and how hard he works to make our patients feel appreciated and cared for in such a warm manner.”

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in California by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. 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 his memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

Forrest General Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award partner and recognizes one of its nurses with this special honor every month. Nurses are nominated by patients and family members, as well as other healthcare professionals. The winner is then selected by a board of healthcare workers. 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,” handcrafted by a tribe in Zimbabwe.



Forrest General, a leader in medical excellence in south Mississippi, is the flagship hospital of Forrest Health. The 547-bed, Level II Regional Trauma Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, provides regional health services to a 19-county service area. Founded in 1952, the hospital’s mission — to do what is best for the patient — is grounded in “We C.A.R.E.” values of caring and compassion. For more information, visit

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