Forrest General Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner for October

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (October 28, 2021) Ramona Martin, RN, BSN, Patient Care Navigator, at the Forrest General Cancer Center, has been named the October recipient of the DAISY Award at Forrest General Hospital. 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 her nominator, Martin had become aware of a homeless man in need of cancer treatment. “The man could not be found anywhere until Ramona utilized her many contacts to track this man down,” the nominator said. “Because of her relentless efforts, this homeless man is now receiving the cancer treatments he needs. This is what We C.A.R.E. is all about! We are all about patient care and Ramona, in her duties as a patient navigator, is one of the best of the best!”

Martin who has worked at the Forrest General Cancer Center for the past three-and-a-half years as a patient navigator, began her career in the health-field after the passing of her father. “I had a Home Healthcare nurse come to our house to care for him,” she said. “We didn’t have Hospice at that time. I learned about Hospice after God’s calling to nursing. I then dedicated myself to that for more than 20 years, working as a hospice nurse and in hospice administration. And I loved it. God put a passion in my heart to serve others, so that’s what I’m doing every day and will for as long as He will allow me.”

Growing up in Petal where she continues to live, Martin earned her nursing prerequisites at Jones College before transferring to William Carey. She finished her nursing degree in three-and-a-half years through the accelerated program at both JC and WCU. She considers the Forrest General Cancer Center a wonderful service that is provided to the community. “The staff loves serving others, and that makes for a beautiful environment for helping others.”

“Nurses, like Ramona 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 Ramona and so grateful for the compassion and guidance she provides to our cancer patients each day.”

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.

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