June 13, 2017

Kingwood, Texas, May 17, 2017— Kingwood Medical Center honored Terri Roberts, RN, as 2017’s first DAISY award recipient for extraordinary nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Kevin Manning, chief nursing officer for Kingwood Medical Center, welcomed the audience comprised of guests, staff and nominees. Kevin led everyone in reciting the mission statement “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.  In recognition of this commitment, we will strive to deliver high quality, cost-effective health care in the communities we serve.” As he stated, “When I think about this award, I understand how it represents our mission statement. It is an honor to work alongside you every day.”

Daisy Award Recipient Terri Roberts was nominated by former patient, Brenda Robinson, who was admitted to the unit Terri was working on in January 2017. “I nominated Ms. Roberts because she went above and beyond in taking care of me. She embodies the spirit of this award, by providing excellent care and compassion. Terri has really touched my heart, she inspires me.”

Terri has worked in the observation unit at Kingwood Medical Center for four years. Her supervisor Kristil Wright stated, “Terri is a kind, caring soul, who goes above and beyond for her patients as well as her co-workers. Everyone she comes in contact with is extremely precious to her.”

Terri was truly touched and surprised. “I sincerely appreciate Brenda for nominating me, and for my daughter Peyton and co-workers attending the ceremony. It is an amazing feeling to be recognized this way.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is located in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. The kind of work the nurses at Kingwood Medical Center do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award. Terri was selected because she embodies the spirit of the Daisy Award, which rewards nurses who make a difference in the lives of both the patient and the patient families.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Melinda Stephenson, Kingwood Medical Center chief executive officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that they know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

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About Kingwood Medical Center

Kingwood Medical Center is a 373-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for over 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.

Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area’s only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. For more information, visit our website at

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at