The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of The DAISY (D)iseases 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 (IT)P, 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."