Bridger and McLaughlin Recognized As Halifax Health DAISY Award Winners

Halifax Health DAISY Award winners: (L-R) Amber McLaughlin and Erin Bridger

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (February 27, 2019) – Halifax Health recently honored two registered nurses – Erin Bridger and Amber McLaughlin – as winners of the community health system’s quarterly DAISY Award recognizing extraordinary nurses.

An Ormond Beach resident, Erin Bridger has been a Halifax Health employee for two years.  She is a graduate of Daytona State College and a registered nurse in the Halifax Health – Center for Orthopedics.

The patient’s family that nominated Bridger for the DAISY Award wanted her to receive recognition for the care she provided their daughter who sustained serious injuries in a car accident.  The patient’s mother wrote, “I was touched by how attentive, caring and tender she was with our daughter who, besides many broken bones, had a concussion, which caused her anxiety and confusion.  Erin made sure that her every need was met as well as that she bolstered her self-esteem while giving her hope of total recovery.”

Bridger says she enjoys nursing because it allows her to make a difference.  “I enjoy having the ability to make a difference in someone’s life.  I take care of people on the worst days of their lives and I’m blessed to have a positive impact on them,” she explains.  

Port Orange resident Amber McLaughlin has worked at Halifax Health for four years and is also a registered nurse in the Halifax Health – Center for Orthopedics.  She is a graduate of Daytona State College and Western Governors University. 

When asked why she enjoys nursing, McLaughlin says simply, “I enjoy helping people.”

The patient’s mother who nominated McLaughlin for this recognition was touched by the compassionate care McLaughlin provided her daughter.  “The compassion and kindness that Amber and her aide showed her when they helped her get out of bed for the first time was heartwarming.”

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day.  A DAISY Award Partner, Halifax Health encourages patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees to nominate a nurse for this quarterly honor.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.  During his eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to him, but his entire family.  The foundation, whose name DAISY is an acronym for diseases that attack the immune system, has as one of its goals to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of those they care for with the superhuman work they do every day.  To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, go to daisyfoundation.org.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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