Sue White, a nurse on 6th floor southeast at Mercy Medical Center, has been chosen as the first recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The monthly award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. A patient’s family recommended Sue for the Daisy Award because of the exemplary care she provided their family member during a hospitalization at Mercy.
Sue received a certificate commending her for being 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." She was also presented with a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
Mercy’s Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Larson said, “Mercy is proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program and Sue White is a perfect choice as the first recipient of this honor. Nurses are heroes every day. It is important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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. 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.
One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.
Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "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 work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Mercy Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org.
For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682