Continuing Education Scholarships Awarded

Anderson Hospital’s Professional Practice and Development Council (PPD) annually awards scholarships to current staff seeking Nursing education.  The scholarship program was created by the PPD to encourage and support those in their continuing education efforts.  This year, two recipients were selected to receive $750 each! 

Noreen Hankins has been with Anderson Hospital for over 20 years.  She began as a nursing assistant while going to school to become a RN.  After receiving her nursing degree, she spent several years as an ICU/IMU nurse.  Today, she is a House Supervisor, which oversees nursing staff throughout the facility, and serves as administrator in charge during her night shift.  Noreen will be receiving her Master in Nursing Degree, with honors, later this year.

Rachel Phipps has been working at Anderson for the past 2 years.  She is currently working in the Patient Access department while pursuing her nursing degree at SWIC.  She recently finished her clinicals and would like to become a Labor and Delivery Nurse.   “I still squeal when I see babies,” she joked.  “I have also thought about becoming a mid-wife one day!” 

Members of the PPD were present for today’s presentation, including the Chief Nursing Officer, Lisa Spencer, MSN RN, who said, “You never stop learning in nursing!  There are always opportunities to continue  your education, learn a new skill, and expand your career.” 


Donation Made to the American Cancer Society

andersonmercy donation to acs

Tamla Beisner is standing far left.  Seated left to right are Wendy McIntyre Director of Anderson Mercy Cancer Care,
Patty Barney, Senior Development Manager for American Cancer Society and Lisa Spencer, Anderson Hospital Chief of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer.


The fight against cancer comes in all colors.  This April, the American Cancer Society honored all those fighting cancer through their annual Colors of Cancer event.  The Anderson Mercy Cancer Care team honored one of their own, Tamla Beisner.  Tamla is a cancer survivor of two cancers and is a chemotherapy infusion nurse with Anderson Mercy Cancer Care.  She knows first-hand what it is like to hope, to fight and WIN!  Tamla was tasked with a fundraising goal of $1500 and through the success of a t-shirt sale, she and her team at Anderson Mercy were proud to present a check to the American Cancer Society for $6,223.43!

The fundraising shirt was made extra-special by featuring artwork of a very talented artist and staff member, Jessica Simpson, as well as slogans created by Anderson Hospital nurse, Kelly Deatherage.  Tamla and her team spent days hand-delivering over 800 shirts to staff from all over Anderson Healthcare who purchased a shirt (or more) in support of all those fighting cancer!  Your fight is our fight and we will hope, fight and reach a cure together!   


Anderson Cancer Ribbon Hope Fight Cure

Want to Thank an Extraordinary Nurse? Now You Can!

The DAISY Award Logo INTER

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.  Anderson Hospital is proud to now offer this outstanding program!  We thought it fitting to launch our program on the first day of National Nurses Week – a celebration that recognizes the extraordinary, compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day. 

Patients, families and colleagues may nominate nurses by sharing stories and submitting examples of how they were so special.  Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her/him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  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.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters (h.c) and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program," said Lisa Spencer, Anderson Hospital Chief Nursing and Chief Operating Officer.  "Nurses are heroes every day.  It is important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.  The DAISY Foundation provides one way for us to recognize them.”  

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 5,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants and their new Health Equity Grant programs. More information is available at            



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