AdventHealth Waterman Recognizes Nurse with DAISY Award

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Waterman DAISY Award Winner Charles Buckhannon

TAVARES, Fla., February 26, 2019 – AdventHealth Waterman recognized registered nurse Charles Buckhannon with the DAISY award.

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

Buckhannon works on the 6 South unit caring for medical and orthopedic patients and was nominated for this recognition by the wife of a patient.

“When my husband was admitted to the hospital in the wee hours of a November morning, he was suffering from vascular dementia and withdrawal from an antipsychotic drug. He was disoriented and extremely agitated,” the wife of the patient wrote, describing the attentive care Charles provided to her husband. “Charles Buckhannon is the purest example of a nurse. I thank God he has chosen to serve those who are unable to help themselves.”

She also was appreciative of the care Buckhannon provided her, even though she was not the patient.

“In addition to his amazing care of my husband, Charles spoke with me and counseled me when I was incredibly distraught, confused and sad about my husband’s recent outbursts and actions. Charles explained the disease and assured me he would be better with the correct care,” she wrote. “He shared personal experiences he had with his own family members and how he had dealt with them. He lovingly treated my husband as if he were on of his own family who was suffering, not just a crazy old man who was making his job more difficult.”

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, Buckhannon 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 Waterman 6 South unit, also received cinnamon rolls and a DAISY banner to display.

About AdventHealth Waterman
AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares has 269-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 Waterman, 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. Florida Hospital Waterman is located in the heart of Lake County and was founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Waterman provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Waterman, visit

Photo Caption:
Charles Buckhannon, a registered nurse at AdventHealth Waterman, received the DAISY award, an international program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses. Pictured from left to right: Yolanda Lord-Cole, AdventHealth Waterman medical/surgical director, Sara Hickson, AdventHealth Waterman 6 South unit manager, Buckhannon, and Michael Stimson, AdventHealth Waterman chief nursing officer.

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