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Aleigha Fincher honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Mon, July 17, 2017

Aleigha Fincher honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Aleigha Fincher, a registered nurse in the ICU/Step-Down Unit at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing distinction.

The wife of a patient nominated Fincher for the award after the care she provided her husband.

“Aleigha helped save his life after his cardiac arrest,” she wrote. On behalf on her family, she also expressed gratitude to all the critical care team members who provided care to their husband and father.

“My daughters and I were not able to meet everyone who took care of him, but we truly appreciate how hard you work at your jobs,” she wrote. “We were able to see the kind, compassionate and competent job the ICU nurses do, and we cannot express our gratitude enough to you all.”

She wrote that her husband celebrated his 56th birthday this year after his hospital stay.

“It wouldn’t have happened without you,” she wrote to Fincher.

Fincher said she felt a special bond with her patient as well.

“He is about the same age as my dad and has two daughters about the same ages as my sister and me,” she said. “I think that’s a big reason why we really connected with each other.”

More than 2,000 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and in 15 other countries honor their nurses with the DAISY Award, which recognizes “the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.” DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

Any patient or family member may nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. Nomination forms are available at the front desk of the South Tower Lobby or at any nursing station at WGMC.

Nominations also can be emailed to Tammy Lynch at lyncht@wghealth.org and should include the nurse’s name, your name and contact information, and a statement of why the nurse is deserving of the DAISY Award.