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The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is actually an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the acre and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. One of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.
What are the DAISY Awards?
The DAISY awards are an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony on his/her unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, “A Healer’s Touch”. Also, everyone on the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – which was a favorite of Patrick’s during his hospitalization. The Barnes family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a brief moment and think about how special they are and how what they do as a nurse impacts lives.
Say thank you to an ECHCS Nurse!
Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination by clicking the link below and filling out a nomination form. Instructions on how to submit the form are located at the bottom of the form.