Jill Sherman Presented with Inaugural DAISY Award

May 10, 2018

Jill Sherman, a nurse Athol Hospital's Oncology Department, has been named our inaugural DAISY Award winner!

Below is her nomination for the award.

Jill cared for a patient throughout his extended illness while he was an out-patient receiving care in the Oncology Clinic. Through his many visits for chemotherapy and blood transfusions, Jill shared stories with him about her life. These stories included camping trips with her sons and other events in her day to day family life.

The patient also shared stories about his life and his friends in the local community with Jill. When it became apparent that his disease was progressing and becoming difficult to manage, he chose to cease further treatment. He then became an inpatient for his end of life care. Jill visited him often, dropping in to see him during her lunch break or after her shift, to let him know she was still there with him in his final days.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. 

We are proud to present Jill with this prestigeous award!

Now taking nominations for 2019! Visit www.atholhospital.org/AtholDAISYaward for more information.

Pictured L to R: Tina Griffin, VP, Patient Care Services/CNO and Chief Operating Officer for Athol Hospital, Jill Sherman and Sandy Ryder, Director of Oncology Services for Heywood Healthcare.