Camilla Thomas, LPN, became the first nurse of Ionnis A. Lougaris VA
Medical Center to receive the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The
award was presented by The DAISY Foundation and UnitedHealthcare at a
special ceremony today in Reno.
Camilla Thomas, LPN, became the first nurse of Ionnis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center to receive the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Left to right: L to R: Melissa Barnes, vice president, The DAISY Foundation; Rachel Crossley, RN, associate director, Patient Care Services, Ionnis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center; Camilla Thomas, LPN, Ionnis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center and DAISY Award winner; Ivy Thomas, granddaughter of Camilla; Lisa Howard, acting director, Ionnis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center; and James Combs, director, Central California & Northern Nevada Marke, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans (Photo: Lance Iversen).
Thomas received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary
Nurse" to her veteran patients. The certificate reads: "In deep
appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful
difference you make in the lives of so many people."
The DAISY Foundation's unique recognition program is part of many
hospitals' recruitment and retention programs, helping to offset the
acute shortage of nurses nationwide. Each month, nurses are selected by
their nursing administration and peers to receive the DAISY Award,
established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes
died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic
An excerpt from Thomas' nomination form read: "Camilla has never refused
to do something that would accommodate a veteran. Whether it is an eye
acuity test, ear lavage, medication injection, checking a veteran in for
another nurse, etc., I have seen Camilla drop her things (while walking
out the door to leave work for the day) to give a veteran a flu
shot. She truly loves the veterans as much as they love her. Veterans
often ask for Camilla by name, and whether the veteran is in her panel
or not - she helps them. She is an asset to Primary Care and it shows in
her work every day. Camilla truly deserves this award."
Thomas resides in Reno and has worked at Ionnis A. Lougaris VA Medical
Center for nearly 10 years.
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