Baptist Union County recognizes nurse who performs above and beyond expectations

NEMiss.News Daisy Award winner Akins
Baptist Hospital Union County CNO, Heather Reid (L) presents Daisy Award to Shelby Akins.
November 19th, 2020     Featured News People

NEW ALBANY, Miss., November 19, 2020 – Shelby Akins, RN, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an award given in appreciation of the work nurses do.  Adkins, a nurse in the emergency department, was nominated by a patient’s family member.

Nurses like Adkins are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues for the DAISY Award, and from those nominations, nursing leadership at Baptist Union County selects nurses to receive the award.

At a presentation in front of the nurses and colleagues, Akins received a certificate and a sculpture. The sculpture, titled “A Healer’s Touch,” is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

            In the nomination, the patient stated, “Shelby was efficient, compassionate, kind, intelligent, and eager to help.  Very impressive.”

It is truly an honor to recognize Shelby for her compassion and excellent nursing skills,” said Heather Reid, chief nursing officer at Baptist Union County.  “Shelby has a genuine concern for each patient and treats them like family.”


       The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at age 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease.

            The extraordinary care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill led to the creation of the DAISY Award.   

Baptist Union County offers a variety of services, including adult and pediatric inpatient care, maternity, surgery, a 24-hour emergency department and diagnostics. The hospital also has 3D mammography, TeleHealth services and an eICU. Baptist Union County has an excellent reputation for providing quality care and recently earned an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group and Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence awards from Healthgrades. Most notably, Baptist Union County earned five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the hospital’s quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction. The Chartis Center for Rural Health also recognized the hospital as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the country.

For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit


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