What is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.
Our DAISY Award honorees demonstrate at least one of the criteria listed on the back page. They also demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise. They are recognized as role models in our nursing community. Clark Memorial Health is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, and will recognize one of our nurses with this special honor twice per year. Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit, and will receive:
- A beautiful certificate
- A DAISY Award pin
- A hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch
In addition, their clinic/unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s. The Barnes family asks that whenever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.