Nurses Honored with DAISY Award at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin

Compassionate, caring, dedicated, committed, kind – the list goes on and on in an effort to describe nurses.  These hardworking men and women oftentimes do not receive the thanks they deserve for the vital role they play in a patient’s experience.  CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin recently partnered with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to honor an employee who consistently demonstrates excellence through clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care.  The first nurse to receive the DAISY Award at Memorial Lufkin was Jane Newland, RN.


Jane Newland was among 15 nurses that were nominated for the award.

“The DAISY Award is a great way for us to recognize the important work that our nurses do every day,” said Michael Plankers, Chief Nursing Officer for CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin. “I heard a lot about Jane Newland before I ever met her, so when I heard that she was the honoree for this award I was not surprised!  She truly exemplifies the meaning of the DAISY Award.”


One of the nominations Newland received described how she treats all of her patients like family.  “Patients always remember her by name and they come to the hospital purposefully to see Jane.  She treats all of her patients like family.  She jokes with them and gives them hugs.  Customer service from Jane is always excellent!”


“The committee had a tough time choosing one nurse from the nominations that we received to honor with this award,” said Jana Raines, RN, DAISY Award Committee Chair.  “Although all of the nurses nominated were deserving of recognition, we felt that Jane personifies everything that the DAISY Award represents in the nursing field.”


Nominations are received from patients, visitors, other nurses, physicians and hospital staff.  The DAISY Award nominee must meet certain criteria that includes exemplifying the following characteristics:

·         Reverence: establishes a special connection with patients and families through trust and emotional support

·         Integrity: maintains the trust and confidence of all with whom he/she engages

·         Compassion: is thoughtful, compassionate and caring in all situations

·         Excellence: strives for the highest quality and continuous improvement

·         Goes above and beyond to care for the needs of patients and families and takes time to educate and include the patient and family during the care process.

Nomination forms are available throughout the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin facility and online at

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.

Recognition is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at       


About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.


With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year.  Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.  Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.


Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.


Memorial Clinics, a division of the health system, employs more than 30 providers in 17 locations across East Texas. Specialties include Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Allergy/Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), and Chiropractic Care.


About CHI St. Luke’s Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets―CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, CHI St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit

CHI St. Luke’s Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more

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