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DAISY Awards


DAISY Award honorees personify St. Mary’s Medical Center’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Recognizing Our Nurses

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, A Healer’s Touch. 

St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor quarterly (January, April, July and October).

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 eight-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. 

How To Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the nomination form and placing it in the DAISY Award box, by giving it to any staff member or by e-mailing it to thankanurseSMMC@dignityhealth.org.