The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary
Nurses is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and MWH. The DAISY Foundation,
a not-for-profit group, established the national Daisy Award in memory
of J. Patrick Barnes, a married father who died at age 33 of the autoimmune
disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Barnes’ caregivers
had shown such compassion and clinical skill during his final weeks that
his family launched the foundation and award to recognize extraordinary
nurses in the United States and abroad.
The program honors special nurses who are outstanding role models of compassionate,
exceptional care and clinical excellence. The DAISY Award program has
been in place at MWH since 2009, giving patients and their family members,
other Associates, and physicians the opportunity to formally recognize
those nurses who serve as role models while performing their direct patient
care activities. Nominations are reviewed monthly by members of the Shared
Governance Performance Excellence Council, and winners are selected based
on DAISY Award criteria.
Daisy Award winners are formally recognized and presented with the award
and certificate in a special department-based ceremony. Their nursing
and professional colleagues are invited to attend the ceremony where the
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer presents the awards. DAISY
Award recipients sign a banner that hangs on their units until the next
winner is selected. Photographs of all DAISY Award winners are displayed
in the hospital atrium for all Associates, physicians, and community members to see.