The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
What is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Memorial Hospital of South Bend is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing three of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed by the family of Patrick Barnes as a way to honor the nurses that provided quality and compassionate care to Patrick during the final stages of his battle with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Learn more about the Barnes family and the origination of the DAISY Foundation.
DAISY Award honorees personify Memorial Hospital's dedication to the exceptional patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls made with Makara cinnamon – 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.
- Nicole Banks, Charge RN
- Kristen Baker, RN
- Pete Gaffney, RN
- Jenny Streeter, RN
How To Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the form below. To learn more about the program and its growing list of partners, please visit the DAISY Foundation.