Extraordinary Nurses to be Recognized at Memorial Hospital Through DAISY Award Program

Nurses at Memorial Hospital Belleville |Shiloh will be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.  This award program at Memorial is being sponsored by Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Memorial to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented each month at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Memorial plans to recognize its first Daisy Award winner in December.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes, FAAN said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.”

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Terri Halloran, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services for Memorial Hospital Belleville | Shiloh. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued and The Daisy Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

If you would like to recognize an extraordinary nurse at Memorial Belleville | Shiloh, please go to https://www.memhosp.org/daisy-award and complete a nomination form. In addition, nomination forms are available in various locations throughout both hospital campuses.