Special to Iredell Free News

Registered Nurse Amanda Rogers has been selected to receive Davis Regional Medical Center’s Nursing Excellence Award.

This peer-nominated award, created in honor of 2020 being the “Year of the Nurse” and in recognition of the critical role nurses have played in treating patients throughout the COVID pandemic, was open to qualifying RNs and LPNs working in a direct patient care position who consistently demonstrate characteristics synonymous with nursing excellence.

“Davis is fortunate to have many outstanding nurses like Amanda among its ranks. Nurses who deliver exemplary care, compassion and service, who understand the importance of teamwork and mentoring others, who can lead in times of crises, and who are true champions of promoting healthcare in our community,” said Rose Brandau, chief nursing operator of Davis Regional Medical Center. “With so much focus this year on the selfless efforts of front line heroes like Amanda, we are pleased to acknowledge the important contributions of our nursing professionals.”

Rogers, who joined the organization in July of 2018, was chosen from among the 100-plus nurses Davis for her outstanding contributions in nursing.

Included in the nomination was a testimonial from her department leader, ICU and Med-Surge Director Teressa Martin:

“Recently, Amanda was caring for an elderly gentleman who was admitted to ICU for acute respiratory failure. He was BIPAP dependent. Hospice was soon called to consult on him. Amanda asked the gentleman if there was anything she could do for him. He wanted to talk to his daughter so Amanda went above and beyond to set up a ‘facetime’ visit for him. When he was finished, Amanda asked him what else she could do to make him comfortable. He said he wanted a cup of Cheerwine. Cheerwine is not a beverage routinely stocked by the hospital. Amanda excused herself but soon came back with a cold glass of Cheerwine for this gentleman. He drank the whole cup.

“After he finished, he laid back and closed his eyes to rest. A few minutes later, he passed away. Amanda’s efforts to grant this gentleman his simple requests turned out to be granting his last requests.

“She demonstrated genuine kindness, caring and above all compassion.” 

In addition to receiving the Nursing Excellence Award itself, Rogers received a cash prize and the quintessential book on nursing, written by Florence Nightingale in 1859, that remains relevant to today’s modern nursing attitudes and skills.

About Davis Regional Medical Center

Founded in 1920, Davis Regional is a 130-bed, full-service hospital serving Statesville and the surrounding counties. Davis Regional offers a wide range of health care services, with more than 300 physicians on staff in a variety of specialty areas. In addition, Davis Regional has been a Joint Commission Top Performing Hospital for the past five consecutive years. Only 1,043 – or approximately one-third – of eligible U.S. hospitals achieved this distinction. Learn more at www.davisregional.com.

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