mobile menu button


Bieganski, Hamblin receive DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Congratulations to Megan Bieganski, RN and Carleen Hamblin, RN on the reception of their DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses!

(JUNE 22, 2022) Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge announce Registered Nurses Megan Bieganski and Carleen Hamblin as winners of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Carleen Hamblin, RN and Megan Bieganski, RN proudly accept their bouquet of daisies with their awards.


The award is a special way to recognize the wonderful care Bieganski and Hamblin provide. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to acknowledge the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.

Megan Bieganski, RN with the new mom who nominated her.

A patient family member who nominated Carleen Hamblin, RN

Megan Bieganski is a Registered Nurse in Family Birthplace. Bieganski was nominated for the award by a patient who recently delivered her baby via C-Section. In a letter read by the patient at the DAISY Award ceremony, the patient reads, “Megan truly listened to me, cared about my feelings, understood my concerns, and vouched for me when I couldn’t vouch for myself.” She described Bieganski as understanding, knowledgeable, and non-judgemental. “I will never forget anything Megan did for my family and I will always be grateful she was part of my birthing team. Our family loves Megan.”

Carleen Hamblin is a Registered Nurse in Med-Surg. Hamblin was nominated by a patient’s family member, describing her as personable and treating the entire family as her own. Hamblin’s nominator was also present to congratulate her award and read, “She went above and beyond! Carleen cut my dad’s nails, filed them, put lotion on them, and combed his hair.” The nomination letter describes Hamblin as always smiling, truly loving her job caring for others. “She always made sure my dad got his nighttime ice cream, too!”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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. 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.

HAMH Director of Nursing and Registered Nurse, Ashley Kamala said, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge presents two DAISY awards to extraordinary nurses each year. If you would like to nominate a special nurse please fill out a nomination form here.

Water's Edge Care Center

We have created an environment where choices are respected, good health is promoted and independence is encouraged
Learn More

News & Media

Learn More


Learn More

Patient Information

Learn More