DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses Program Launched at Med Center Health

Med Center Health announces the launch of the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is an international program designed to say “thank you” to nurses who have truly made a difference in the lives of their patients. Founded in 1999, the DAISY Foundation was created to honor the exceptional nurses who profoundly impacted the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of medical complications from ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). DAISY, the award’s name, is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem—the type of disease Patrick suffered from.

“The DAISY Award is just one way that we can stop and reflect on the special moments that our nurses create for our patients each and every day,” says Dr. Jill Payne, RN, Executive Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer. “A simple nomination, acknowledging a nurse’s extraordinary contributions and the impact their actions had on you or your family, will stay with a nurse for life.”

Since its founding, the DAISY Award has spread across the nation as patients, patient families and co-workers found a way to express their heartfelt appreciation of nurses. The goal of the DAISY Award is to let our nurses know they are valued for their skill, education and knowledge, and for the remarkable care they provide when treating their patients.

Nurses can be nominated by patients, families, physicians, co-workers and anyone else who experiences or observes extraordinary care by a hospital nurse.  Each year, a total of six Med Center Health nurses will be recognized with a DAISY Award. Four will be from The Medical Center at Bowling Green and two will be from The Medical Centers at Scottsville, Franklin, Caverna and Albany combined. People interested in sharing a story of how one of our nurses impacted a life can submit a nomination at MedCenterHealth.org/DAISY

Learn more about the DAISY Award at daisyfoundation.org.