Daisy Award Winners

Kendal Stuart, wearing medical scrubs holding yellow flowers while smiling.
Pictured above: Kendal Stuart, BSN, RN

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. – April 24, 2024 – Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center named nurse Kendal Stuart as the hospital’s latest DAISY Award winner on April 15, 2024.

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Wilkes Medical Center recognizes one of its nurses with this special honor every quarter. Each honoree receives a banner, certificate, DAISY Award pin and a hand carved “A Healer’s Touch” stone sculpture.

When asked why she wanted to become a nurse, Stuart said, “I can't put into words what it means to me to be a Daisy Award winner. Moments like this make it all worthwhile. If you would've asked me five years ago if I could see myself being a nurse, the answer would have been no. I was in school to be an elementary school teacher, but I just felt like there was something missing. So, I began praying for a clearer path and for God to lead me to the career he had chosen for me and that led me here. I am so thankful for each and every one of my patients and I hope to continue to make an impact for years to come.” 

“Kendal is a such a caring and compassionate nurse,” said Brandy Edmiston, Stuart’s manager. “She is a wonderful listener and great patient advocate. This along with her calming demeanor is just a few of the reasons her patients adore her, and her teammates love to work with her. She is a true asset to our team.”

The next DAISY Award winner will be announced in July 2024.

Previous DAISY Winners