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The DAISY Award

Want to Thank a Nurse? Nominate a Nurse for the DAISY Award

DAISY Award honorees personify CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.


The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.


A DAISY Award nominee must be a LVN or RN employed by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial or one of its entities that consistently meets all of the following criteria: 

  • REVERENCE: establishes a special connection with patients and families through trust and emotional support 
  • INTEGRITY: maintains the trust and confidence of all with whom he/she engages 
  • COMPASSION: is thoughtful, compassionate and caring in all situations 
  • EXCELLENCE: strives for the highest quality and continuous improvement 
  • Goes above and beyond to care for the needs of the patient and family 
  • Takes time to educate and include the patient and family during the care process 


What you receive

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch.” Additionally, everyone in the unit/department will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are. 


The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing our nurses with this special honor.