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Mountain honored with extraordinary nurse award

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Tavis Mountain, a registered nurse in the Progressive Care Unit at Halifax Regional Medical Center, was honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Tavis Mountain July 2018 DAISY Award Winner

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day.

Halifax Regional teamed up with the Daisy Foundation in 2017 to present this international award to a deserving nurse at on a quarterly basis.

Mountain was nominated as this quarter’s award recipient by the family of a patient after he went above and beyond to extend exceptional care during the family’s time of need.

“Tavis has been like a guardian angel to my dad,” the nomination letter written by the family said. “He was eager to answer any and all questions that we had and he even made us laugh and lifted our spirits, which is hard when you are in a situation like the one my family was in. We loved his spirit and personality, he's a genuine man and we want him to know he's doing a magnificent job and is an extraordinary nurse.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients or families and award recipients are chosen by a committee at the medical center on a quarterly basis. Each honoree receives a certificate, a special celebration, a keepsake pin and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” said Will Mahone, president and CEO. “Nurses are heroes every day and it’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of an uncommon autoimmune disease.

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

For more information on Mountain’s nomination visit

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