Methodist Fayette Hospital Associate Recognized Nationally

Published On 11/16/2010

Peggy Matthews, Methodist Fayette Hospital registered nurse, was recently named the 2010 National Prize Winner for the RN Category of the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, one of the nation’s premier nurse and healthcare honors.

“Peggy is most deserving of this recognition,” said David Crislip, Methodist Fayette Hospital Administrator. “Her dedication to the field of nursing is evident through her daily interactions with physicians, staff, and patients.”

Janet Hunt, Methodist Fayette administrative director, nominated Peggy for the award. The nomination letter focused on her creation of “Peggy’s Room,” a peaceful room in the hospital where terminally-ill patients and their families can spend time together. Peggy was inspired to create this environment after dealing with the emotional bereavement after her father’s death.

As a national winner, Peggy receives an all-expense paid trip to a 2011 medical conference in the continental U.S., annual membership to a preferred clinical association, a Cherokee Inspired Comfort award trophy, a 14k gold-plated commemorative pin, a year’s subscription to Scrubs, the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses, wardrobe of Cherokee scrubs and footwear totaling more than $1,000 and a $500 donation to the non-profit organization of her choice. Peggy’s award nominator, Janet Hunt, will receive a $500 donation in her name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) foundation.

The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award was established in 2003 to recognize nurses and other non-physician healthcare professionals for exceptional service, sacrifice and innovations. The award was established to raise awareness of the immense dedication, compassion, and skill that nurses and other non-physician healthcare professionals demonstrate every day to better the lives of others. Winners were chosen by a panel of Cherokee representatives and past Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recipients.