Freeman Health System Announces Daisy Award Winner for February 2022

(Joplin, MO)Freeman Health System’s DAISY Award winner for February is Martha Merrill, RN, a nurse working in Freeman Dialysis.

A recognition ceremony was held to honor Martha on Friday, April 15. She said she feels blessed and that she tries to ease patients’ fears and make sure they never feel alone.

She was nominated by dialysis patient Frederich Johnson and his wife. They attended the award ceremony.

Teri Williams, Freeman Administrative Director of Dialysis Services said “Martha is a truly exceptional nurse. She is dedicated to providing patients the best care possible. She provides wholistic care for the patients and truly cares about everyone in her care. She is an excellent example of one of Freeman’s Best and works to make Freeman the best place to give care and receive care.”

About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit

About the DAISY Award:

The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, in his memory to thank nurses who gave him skillful and compassionate care during his eight-week hospitalization. The family created The DAISY Foundation™ to develop partnerships with hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

Each honoree receives a certificate that says, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” They also receive The DAISY Award pin and a serpentine stone sculpture called ‘A Healer’s Touch,’ hand carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The DAISY Award winner is also featured on a Spotlight page on The DAISY Foundation website, featuring a photo and telling the story of why the nurse was honored.

Nurses are nominated by anyone connected to the organization — patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff — anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.


Lisa Olliges, Marketing & Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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