PMC honors fifth DAISY Award winner

Melinda Goodson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently recognized its fifth DAISY Award winner, Jennifer Adkins. The DAISY Award is a national initiative that recognizes extraordinary nurses for the work that they do for patients and families each day.


“Jennifer exemplifies the professionalism of the Pikeville Medical Center nursing staff by providing compassionate care to our patients,” praised PMC Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins.


PMC Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Jeanette Sexton said she was very proud to have Jennifer be a part of the women’s and children’s staff.


“She strives to go above and beyond every day with all patients and their families,” Sexton added.


Adkins, a registered nurse who works in the Labor and Delivery department, has been a PMC employee for 20 years. When Adkins began employment with PMC, she was a registrar in Central Registration. While employed at PMC, Adkins has obtained her Associate’s degree in nursing and, with that, became a registered nurse in 2009. Adkins, who resides in Shelbiana, was selected from a group of several nominees and was honored during a surprise ceremony at the hospital on May 5.


“Jennifer exemplifies this award daily,” added PMC Women’s Services Director Tondra Blevins. “She is everything a nurse is supposed to be; caring, compassionate, dedicated, comforting, friendly, sympathetic, kind, thorough and the list goes on and on. With the DAISY Award, Jennifer was named the Labor and Delivery Nurse of the Year in 2015 and again this year.”


Surrounded by her peers and nursing administrators, Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins presented Adkins with The DAISY Award for her outstanding contributions.


She was nominated for the award for the exceptional care she provided to an obstetrics patient at PMC.


Jennifer was one of the first nurses I met when I was admitted. She was so friendly and caring that it was obvious for anyone to see. When they took me back for my C-section she was in there the entire time assuring that me, along with my husband, were both okay. She talked to us both through the process to keep us updated and comfortable with the situation. When my daughter was born, she was willing to take our first family picture. Once I was taken back to the room she checked on me, my husband and our family very frequently. She made us all feel so welcome and good about being there. She made me so comfortable with every situation that comes with being in the hospital. She was more than helpful with every question that we asked. The next two days, while being in the hospital, she checked on us and our baby every chance she could. We got someone to pick up flowers and chocolate for Valentine’s Day for her from us, because it was the least that we could do with everything she had done for us. When I got moved to the opposite side after having my daughter the saddest part was knowing that she wasn’t going to be able to follow us and be our nurse over there. I love that she made the experience so fun and enjoyable along with making my family feel so welcome and a part of the process. She made my husband feel as though he was a parent too and not just the patient/ parents family that was there. I truly hope that she will be my nurse every time I have an OB experience.


“I am honored and in awe to receive this prestigious award,” said Adkins. “I am blessed to have cared for such a sweet family.”


PMC also recognizes Elizabeth Anderson, Intensive Care Unit, Pam Campbell, Intensive Care Unit, and Wendi Smith-Justice, Surgical Unit, who were nominated for this prestigious award.


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