Extraordinary Nurses to Be Recognized at Memorial Hospitals Through DAISY Award Program

Extraordinary Nurses to Be Recognized at Memorial Hospitals Through DAISY Award Program

Nurses at Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Hospital Shiloh will be honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary NursesĀ®.

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 is being sponsored by Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Patients, families, and colleagues can nominate nurses. The DAISY Award recipient will be chosen by a committee at Memorial. Awards are presented each month at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending them as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful 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. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Barnes 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 firsthand 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 Hospitals in Belleville and 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, please go to memhosp.org/daisyaward and complete a nomination form. Nomination forms also are available in various locations throughout both hospital campuses.