AdventHealth Fish Memorial Recognizes Nurse with DAISY Award

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Daisy Award Winner Ray Mckeever

ORANGE CITY, Fla., August 15, 2019 – AdventHealth Fish Memorial recognized registered nurse Ray Mckeever with the DAISY award.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses.

Mckeever is a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) and was nominated for this recognition by a colleague at AdventHealth Fish Memorial.

“He loves God, his family, his work family, and his work. He displays unbelievable human compassion in every situation and with every patient and family,” the colleague wrote. “Ray once took care of a drug-addicted patient who shared that Ray made her feel human, valued, and gave her great hope. He sat with her, listened to her, and prayed with her. She told him that she felt God’s presence between them… the same God she thought had written her off long ago.”

“The single worst thing that could happen to any of us is to find ourselves or a loved one in the ICU,” the colleague added, “But the best thing that could happen is to be assigned Ray Mckeever as your nurse.”

Created in 1999, more than 2,500 healthcare facilities in all 50 states, as well as 15 other countries, use the DAISY Award to honor nurses.

In recognition of this honor, Mckeever received a bouquet of daisies, a certificate, a tote bag, and a hand-carved stone sculpture of the “Healer’s Touch” by an artist of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

His unit, the AdventHealth Fish Memorial ICU, also received cinnamon rolls and a DAISY banner to display.

About AdventHealth Fish Memorial
AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City has 175-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. Formerly known as Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, the organization’s parent company changed the name of all wholly-owned entities to AdventHealth on Jan. 2, 2019. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Fish Memorial provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Fish Memorial, visit

Photo Caption:
Ray Mckeever, a registered nurse in the AdventHealth Fish Memorial intensive care unit, received the DAISY award, an international program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses. Pictured here, Mckeever is surrounded by nursing colleagues from the intensive care unit, as well as nursing leaders.

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