Mary D. Dailey was recognized for her decades of devotion to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and its patients, physicians, nurses and care team members during a ceremony hosted by the Champions Society, a Palmetto Health Foundation annual giving society, at Spirit Communications Park. The award has been given annually since 1990 to the individual or organization displaying extraordinary devotion and dedication to the welfare and well-being of our community’s children.
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Associate Medical Director Kathryn Stephenson, M.D. first met Dailey when Stephenson was a pediatric resident. “Mary made a beeline to the table where my classmates and I sat and introduced herself, welcomed us and thanked us for the work we did. She really seemed to appreciate what we did every day. She made us feel like we were a very important part of Children’s Hospital. She made us feel proud. When I see her now at board meetings or other events, she still makes me feel proud of who we are and what we do.”
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Senior Medical Director R. Caughman Taylor, M.D., said, “Mary has done it all–from being board chair, to leader of committees, to working with Palmetto Health Foundation to secure significant funding for our Tom Bates Day Hospital and other areas, to showing up for all events related to Children’s Hospital. Her passion is matched only by her kindness and smile. She is a great advocate for Children’s Hospital.”
The award initially was known as the Robbie Benson Award, named for actor Robbie Benson who helped raise funds for Children’s Hospital at a movie premiere in Columbia. In 2001, the name was changed to honor C. Warren Derrick, M.D., a founding physician of Children’s Hospital and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, and in memory of Helen G. Lynch, vice president of patient care services. “Helen is the unforgettable lady who helped birth, nurture and grow the Children's Hospital. She is so fondly remembered for her insight, energy, strength and advocacy for children,” said Children’s Hospital Administrative Director Diane Bagnal-Moody.
“This has been a wonderful journey for me,” said Dailey. “I have loved it and Children’s Hospital will always be my passion. Something I learned during my service really resonated with me. We were at a daylong board retreat and the speaker’s topic was fundraising. He said, ‘Just remember - when you give to Children’s Hospital you may be helping save a child’s life.’ How awesome!”
About Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.