Granville Health System Announces 2024 1st Quarter DAISY Award® Honoree

OXFORD, NC, April 29, 2024 – Granville Health System has announced its first quarter winner of the DAISY award. Dawn Poythress, BSN, RN was awarded The DAISY Award® on April 17, 2024. Dawn, a nurse in our Women’s Services department, was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient.

“Dawn was my day shift nurse for two days while I was on the labor and delivery floor. I came in for an induction on Monday night with the intention of having my baby on Tuesday sometime. On Tuesday, Dawn began to show how dedicated she was to patient care. She explained what steps the doctor was planning to take and ensured I understood. She helped me make decisions regarding pain management leading up to the doctor breaking my water. I was so scared of being in pain. She drew upon her clinical experience and passionate patient care experience to help me chose the right moment for my epidural. While waiting on the anesthesiologist, she ensured that I was comfortable and answered any questions or concerns I had. She stood with me and comforted me throughout the procedure. As the day progressed, Dawn ensured that I was comfortable. She came in and continued to change my positions to help my labor progress. As her Tuesday shift drew to a close, I was seven centimeters and we felt labor would begin soon. Dawn considered staying past her shift to see the labor process through. The next day, Dawn jumped right in to ensure that my positioning was conducive to dilation, and called the doctor and sat me up to labor down while we waited. Once the doctor arrived, Dawn stayed by my side to coach me through my labor. I even caught her pushing a little with me. Ultimately, I had to go down for a c-section. While I knew I had to, I cried because I was scared, and I caught Dawn tearing up with me. I knew she truly cared about my outcome. While I waited to go down for the c-section, Dawn came in and comforted me. She explained what would happen before, during, and after the procedure. She reassured me that she would be there as well. During the procedure, Dawn brought my baby over to me and allowed me to see him and kiss him. She began to give the same care to my baby that she had given to me. Dawn is more than deserving of this award. Her patient care truly made a difference in the experience I had in labor and delivery. She anticipated my needs. She ensured that my concerns were answered and addressed. She provided care that will stay with me for a lifetime.”

The Award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize nurses for the extraordinary, compassionate care they provide patients and families every day. Granville Health System is among many healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.

“It is my honor to present this well-deserved DAISY Award to Dawn,” said Ann Marie Holtzman-Wheeler, Chief Nursing Officer, Granville Health System. “Her unwavering dedication to providing compassionate nursing care shines brightly, and we deeply appreciate her tireless efforts and commitment to the communities we serve, and the patients entrusted to our care.”

Nurses are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues from Granville Health System. To submit an online nomination form, click here, or visit the GHS website at

About Granville Health System:

For over a century, Granville Health System has been at the forefront of quality healthcare. To cater to the evolving needs of its community, Granville Health System has extended its services throughout Granville County, ensuring convenient medical care access for its residents. The Granville Health System main campus can be found at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more details, visit GHS online at

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