MHM ICU nurse wins Daisy Award

Published 3:39 pm Friday, February 12, 2021

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Wednesday afternoon, Memorial Hospital and Manor presented ICU nurse Karen Maige with the quarterly Daisy Award after being nominated by Tommy Dollar.

Dollar recommended Maige after his cousin Cary Dollar neared the end of his life.

Dollar explained he and his immediate family members were discussing what, where, how and when the end of Cary’s life would be and how they could make it easier on him, while still executing his last wishes.

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“We were alone in the ICU waiting and in walks RN Karen Maige,” Dollar recollected. “She single handedly calmed all of our fears, worried and told us what to anticipate in a very caring way, that reassured us of the road we were about to travel.”

Dollar said after speaking with Maige a calmness came over all of them.

“Angels like her need to be recognized for the devotion they have for being a caregiver and a nurse,” Dollar said. “She exceeded in every way to add comfort to this family in such a sad time in our life. She was definitely the bright shining star in our week.”

Through Dollar’s recommendations, Maige was chosen for her caring nature.

The Daisy Award honors “the super human work nurses do for patients and families, every day whenever they are in practice.”

Maige was then presented with a certificate of recognition, a Daisy Award pin to wear on her scrubs, a Healer’s Touch Sculpture and fresh cinnamon rolls.

In addition to this, Maige can also qualify to join the Daisy Medical Mission Grant and receive a special tuition rate to Chamberlain University to continue and further her nursing education, if she desires.

Once she received her award, Maige was celebrated by her coworkers and superiors with a party in the break room.