The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses at St. Anthony from any area may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The recipient will be chosen by a committee at St. Anthony Hospital to receive the award. Daisy Awards will be presented quarterly at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
“A nurse’s calling is more than just a job and often involves helping to save a life, bring a life into this world, or holding the hand of a life as they die with dignity,” said Scott Ellis, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Anthony. “It is important to recognize the extraordinary work that the St. Anthony nurses perform in every area. The Daisy Award recognizes and honors the exceptional care our RNs, LPNs, CRNAs, and ARNPs provide.”
Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in every department and every area are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Shown with the award certificate and hand carved sculpture are seated: Daisy Award Co-Chairs, Bailee Schleisman, RN, Infection Control, and Lori Pietig. Standing: Alison Bauer, Administrative Assistant and Scott Ellis, VP of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer.
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