The nurse's coworkers nominated Heather after she showed compassion to a patient facing a very difficult situation, her baby was not expected to live. Heather came in early, and worked with the mother to ensure her birth plan was followed. Although the situation was not ideal, Heather went above and beyond in every way possible to ensure the patient's wishes were fulfilled and that she was given the compassionate care she needed.
What is the DAISY award?
The DAISY Award program was created in 1999, by the Daisy Foundation in remembrance of Patrick Barnes, who was severely diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. Shortly after Patrick passed away, his wife, Tena came up with the DAISY acronym, diseases attacking the immune system in honor of her beloved husband. The Barnes family was so inspired by the skill and care they received in Patrick's care, that they implement an award that would thank nurses everywhere.
The DAISY Award was created to help foster nurse retention, which recognizes nurse excellence and the impact they contribute to patients by providing local, comprehensive and compassionate care that goes above and beyond the expectation. Summit Health is proud to partner with The DAISY Award program to recognize the extraordinary nurses in our organization who are nominated each month.