A Coastal Carolina Hospital nurse has received the DAISY Award, a national honor for nurses who care for seriously ill patients.
Rozlynn Polwort, a nurse at the Hardeeville hospital, received the award from the Diseases Attacking the Immune System Foundation on Monday.
The family of a patient under Polwort's care nominated her for the award, and the hospital's nurse coordinating council chose her to be the 2013 recipient, according to hospital public relations director Carolyn Grant.
The DAISY Foundation, founded in memory of J. Patrick Barnes in 1999, seeks to honor nurses like Polwort who demonstrate caring and compassion while treating seriously ill patients daily.
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Barnes' family was touched by the care and the compassion his nurses showed while Barnes battled idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disorder that affects the body's ability to form blood clots and can cause severe bleeding, according to the foundation's website.
Barnes died from the disorder in 1999 at 33. The foundation was formed in California a few months later.
Polwort, in her first year as a nurse at the hospital, received a certificate and a stone sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," which is handcrafted in Zimbabwe.
Polwort and her nursing unit were also treated to a breakfast from Cinnabon, courtesy of the chain's parent company, Focus Brands. The breakfast grew out of one of Barnes' final requests before his passing, according to the release. Barnes asked his family to bring him and every nurse in his hospital unit a cinnamon bun as a way to show their appreciation for the work the nurses did.
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