Columbus - The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) named Jeremy Daugherty, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager for Surgery at Mount Carmel East, as a finalist for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Daugherty was honored Tuesday during OHA’s Annual Meeting in Columbus.
The statewide award honors a hospital employee who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio’s healthcare facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty, gives back to the community and has overcome odds to succeed.
In the nomination form, Daugherty is described as someone who works every day to lead by example and personifies the role of a true servant leader. If a situation arises that requires skills that may not be his strength, Daugherty never hesitates to ask staff for help, utilizing their strengths in the best interests of patients and the department.
“I was overwhelmed and flattered to be nominated for this award,” said Daugherty. “This is my second family; I’ve basically worked here half my life. To think of working somewhere else doesn’t enter my mind.”
Daugherty has worked for Mount Carmel Health System for 22 years. Outside of his surgery duties, Daugherty serves as the Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement (LOOP) liaison for Mount Carmel East. Thanks to his strong efforts, Mount Carmel East has won the Silver Medal of Honor three times from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Daugherty has overcome incredible odds in his personal life. He has survived not one, but two brain tumors. Daugherty had surgery in his own department both times by surgeons and staff he works with very closely every day. After his second surgery, Daugherty had a longer recovery, which included learning to walk again. This experience has fueled his passion for ensuring that patient’s receive high-quality, empathetic care.