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.
"Leslie was one of the nurses who came into the life of my father and made a significant difference. She was so helpful in alerting the physicians on my dad's team when things didn't seem quite right; and at times I think she did so at her own risk. Leslie is fluent in Spanish, and while she was caring for my father who was seriously ill, the patient around the corner needed attention. Leslie switched from English-speaker to Spanish-speaker without any delay, and doffed and donned the isolation gown like it was no trouble at all. There are so many fantastic nurses--but somehow Leslie was someone I truly believe saved my father's life, and I will never forget her. She is not only an exceptional nurse, but Leslie is a remarkable patient advocate. She is so deserving of this recognition." - Patient's daughter