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With limited experience when he first began at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2015, Cazares is now lauded for taking excellent care of specialty surgical patients and has also begun helping to educate new nurses. A valued member of his team, Cazares exhibits a high level of energy and positively impacts his unit, including patients, families, staff, and physicians. Patients comment that Cazares checked on them often and anticipated their needs and was very attentive and caring. He is also known for keeping his patients informed, explaining to them what they should expect during their hospital visit.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by J. Mark Barnes and his family in memory of his son J. Patrick Barnes. J. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known autoimmune disease. The nursing care Patrick and his family received while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families.
“We are proud to be among the hospital systems participating in The DAISY Award program,” says Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides another way for us to do that.”