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Newton Nurse Presented National Nursing Award
A group of Piedmont Newton’s nursing staff, with Rebecca Keel (center) holding her DAISY Award. - photo by Staff Report

COVINGTON, Ga. - This week, Rebecca Keel, RN, a Piedmont Newton Hospital nurse, was awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patient and their families. Keel was nominated by the wife of a patient, whose family was grateful for the exceptional care that Keel provided.

“The DAISY Award honors nurses for providing extraordinary, patient-centered care,” Jeremiah Bame, Piedmont Newton chief nursing officer, said. “The goal at Piedmont Newton is to make a positive difference in every life we touch, and we are so proud of Rebecca for making a positive difference for her patients.”

About the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses:

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families. For more information about the DAISY Award, visit