About the DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 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 eight 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 superhuman work they do everyday.
What is the DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Oaklawn Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.
How are DAISY Award honorees recognized?
Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch." Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Gary's famous cinnamon twists as cinnamon rolls were 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.
What is the Oak Leaf Award?
The Oak Leaf Award is Oaklawn's way to recognize a broader group of Oaklawn employees year round for their many wonderful contributions. This recognition will be awarded in unison with the DAISY Award. Two Oak Leaf Awards will be given concurrently with the DAISY Award; one for a clinical employee other than nursing and one for a support staff member.
How are Oak Leaf Award honorees recognized?
Each Oak Leaf Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his department and will receive: a certificate, an Oak Leaf Award pin, and a personalized engraved pen. Additionally, everyone in the department will celebrate with Gary's famous cinnamon twists.
How do I nominate an extraordinary employee?
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving employee by filling out the form below. The form will automatically be submitted to Oaklawn's Human Resources Department or Nursing Administration.
Click here for the online DAISY Nomination Form