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DAISY Nurse Leader Award Winners - Hospital

Britt Crewse, chief executive officer of UMMC's Adult Hospitals, and WLBT anchor Maggie Wade, right, congratulate Flanagin, the Medical Center's 2020 DAISY Nurse Leader Award recipient.

Kaye Flanagin

Nurse Manager, Nursing Service Office and Nurse Resource Team
DAISY Award Winner, November 2020

On December 3, 2020, Kaye Flanagin became the second person at UMMC to receive the DAISY Nurse Leader Award. As manager of the adult nursing float pool, Kaye assigns 100-plus employees, 70 of them nurses, to various areas of the medical-surgical floors, the ICU Tower, ancillary and office staffing. She is responsible for making sure UMMC has enough resources with the appropriate experience to cover the units. Her employees run the gamut from full-time to as-needed.

Her tenacity in staffing, especially during a pandemic, is just one reason why Flanagin received the prestigious 2020 DAISY Nurse Leader Award, presented during a scaled-back, virtual version of the Medical Center’s annual DAISY Awards ceremony, 

LeAnn Harcharik is presented with DAISY Nurse Leader Award
Patrice Donald, left, magnet program manager in the Office of Nursing Quality and Development; LeAnn Harcharik, center, 4 Wiser nurse manager and DAISY Nurse Leader Award winner; and Terri Gillespie, chief nursing executive and clinical services officer for the UMMC Health System

LeAnn Harcharik

4 Wiser
DAISY Award Winner, November 2019

Medical Center nursing leaders describe LeAnn Harcharik as firm but fair, and as a veteran nurse who motivates her staff to have the good qualities she herself exemplifies.

Harcharik, nurse manager on 4 Wiser whose 19-year career has been spent at UMMC, on Nov. 1 became the first person to receive UMMC’s DAISY Nurse Leader Award, a highlight of the Medical Center’s celebration of its 10th year of awarding DAISY recognition to exemplary nurses and the national DAISY program’s 20th anniversary.

Until this year, only a handful of UMMC unit nurses or nursing teams each year received a DAISY, which stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Going forward, one DAISY Nurse Leader Award will be presented annually so that nurses who make a difference in a leadership role can also be recognized, said Patrice Donald, magnet program manager in the Office of Nursing Quality and Development.