Volunteer Tony Dunn receives first Sunshine Award at NHRMC!

December 07, 2021
Sunshine Award Tony Dunn

The Sunshine Award was created by Novant Health to honor non-nursing staff who provide exceptional compassionate care. The award complements the Daisy Award, which is presented to a nursing team member who has gone above and beyond for a patient.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s first Sunshine Award honoree is Tony Dunn, a volunteer in the Surgical Pavilion waiting room.

Tony was nominated by the Dayle Blackburn, the father of a blind man who came to NHRMC for back surgery at 5 a.m. on a Tuesday.

Mr. Blackburn wrote:

“We were greeted by the nicest caring fellow that you could imagine - Mr. Tony Dunn. He went out of his way to pay special attention to my son, Jason. Tony insisted on doing all the 'heavy work' -- pushing Jason in the wheelchair, getting a blanket for him, answering several questions and providing a friendly resource - just being a buddy to a blind patient in a strange environment at 5 a.m.”

The father wrote about how comfortable his son felt with Tony.

He closed with:

“It was just another shift, another day for Tony Dunn, but a warm and caring arm for my blind son. Thank you, Tony!”