DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award

January 7, 2021

Linda Carter, RN, with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, was honored recently with the DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary nursing.

The DAISY Lifetime Achievement award recognizes nurses who have devoted their lives and careers to the compassionate care of others. Nurses are nominated by their colleagues for their life-long dedication to compassion in nursing through active mentoring, role modeling, advocating for their patients and promoting the positive image of nursing.

The criteria for The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award was developed by Daisy Coordinators across SSM Health. To be considered for the award, a nurse must meet the following criteria:
The nurse must have a distinguished career promotes a positive image of professional nursing.

As a professional the nurse has worked to create innovative environments for the achievement of exceptional outcomes while advancing and contribution to the profession, while seeing a way to broaden their knowledge and continually pursue professional development and life-long learning.As an advocate, this nurse must have special concern for those who are underserved and marginalized. He or she has provided support for other nurses by being a mentor teach or coach.

He or she has partnered with patients, families, customers and colleagues to provide exceptional care and service throughout their career.

As a leader, this nurse has been instrumental in implementing the Mission of SSM Health within their team, department, ministry and the community.

Throughout his or her career this nurse has been accountable for achieving exceptional outcomes.
He or she must have 25+ years of service.

Carter’s nomination was filled with extraordinary nursing examples. “Linda Carter is truly deserving of the Lifetime Daisy Award. She is an amazing nurse. Her career has spanned more than 4 decades. Her career has demonstrated outstanding clinical skills, many special acts of generosity, mentoring countless employees, and physicians, and above all her demonstration of kindness, care, and compassion to all. Linda truly is an example of the Art and Science of Professional Nursing. Linda never seeks recognition she is always very humble. In fact, she is embarrassed when recognized. She is never too busy, always lending a hand to her co-workers. She is an employee who is always there for any employee in need. She never says “NO”. Her generosity never stops. Several years ago, the St. Mary’s Auxiliary sponsored a raffle for a ” ball drop ” at a golf outing, Linda purchased tickets. She won $1000.00. She donated this entire amount back to the ED Together campaign. Her goal, to support the ED building project and the future of the Emergency Department.”

Linda’s mother, Pat Young, also worked at St. Mary’s for many years. Pat was amazing – when caring for patients she was never hurried, always remembering special details and the plan of care for each patient. Each patient on of her team was cared for as if they were her family. Linda learned much from her mother and carried on this strong family tradition of kindness, care, and compassion.

When asked what the DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award meant to her, Carter shared, “I was truly humbled – it was a complete shock and surprise to receive the award, especially after I had retired. I cannot begin to express what a great place St. Mary’s Hospital is to work, and I encourage anyone who is going into nursing to consider a career there.”

DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award nominations give staff and leadership a way to express their gratitude and recognize legacies that have sustained and shaped the heritage of nursing. Each honoree receives an award certificate, a DAISY lapel pin, and a unique Healer’s Touch sculpture on a pedestal with a personalized plaque attached.

Locally the DAISY Award is sponsored by SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33; the care Patrick received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. DAISY stands for diseases attacking the immune system. Learn more about the DAISY Award at www.daisyfoundation.org/

About SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 113-bed hospital specializing in behavioral health, bariatric surgery, wound/hyperbaric care, cancer treatments and minimally invasive general surgical care along with pediatric emergency and NICU telemedicine program in conjunction with the physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital of St. Louis, Mo. In 2016, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital was named a “Best Hospital” by US News and World Report for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for seven years in a row; the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award five years in a row; and in recent years the Critical Care Excellence Award. It also was recognized in 2016 through Quest by Premier Inc. with the Citation of Merit Award for High-Value Healthcare.