What is the DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the exceptional clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Community Heart and Vascular Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor monthly.
How to nominate a nurse
Patients and their families may nominate a deserving nurse by submitting a nomination. A committee of nurses will review and select a Community Heart and Vascular Hospital nurse to honor quarterly based on the information on the nomination form.
The 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, Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, along with several other gifts.
Additionally, other staff in the unit will celebrate with fresh baked cinnamon rolls (a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness). The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.
About the DAISY Foundation
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 an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So 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.
To find out more about the program, including the growing list of partners, please visit www.DAISYfoundation.org or find them on Facebook.
Watch videos about the DAISY Foundation at youtube.com/DAISYFoundation.