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DAISY Nominations

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Honoring nurses internationally in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.

Did one our nurses go above and beyond to show you or your loved one EXTRAORDINARY care?

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DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®

Nurses at Memorial Hospital and our Rural Health Clinics are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.  

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.

“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 Memorial Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” said Chief Nursing Officer, Susan Diddlebock.
In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Memorial Hospital to receive The DAISY Award.


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