Ruff recognized with DAISY Award

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Leslie Ruff, RN, has been named Gordon Hospitals latest DAISY Award recipient. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human tasks nurses perform every day.

Ruff, who works in Gordon Hospitals clinical improvement department and previously worked in the hospitals intensive care unit (ICU), received a nomination with the following statement from a patient: In May 2017, I was admitted to Gordon Hospitals emergency room with acute sepsis, and during my stay, I had a heart attack. I was immediately placed in the ICU by Dr. Stearns, where I received the best care I could imagine. One nurse stood out and rose above the amazing work of the others who cared for me: Leslie Ruff. She was phenomenal. It became apparent to me when I was first admitted to the ICU that this nurse was committed to saving my life. Her dedication stood out among the rest because she made is apparent that she was personally committed to me as human and someone worth saving. When I was transferred to Redmond Regional Medical Center for a stent placement, her tearful embrace showed me that she had invested herself fully in my recovery. I will be forever indebted to the personal giving of Leslie Ruff. Her dedication to my healing has made a great difference to me. She has truly touched me with the gift of life.

If you or a loved one have been a patient at Gordon Hospital and would like to nominate an extraordinary nurse for the DAISY Award, visit to download a nomination form, or call Call706-602-7800 x2258.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of partners, please go to

About the DAISY Foundation

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based 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 but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.)

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.

About Gordon Hospital

Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,300 licensed beds in nine states, Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health Systems more than 80,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient. Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.

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