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 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 everyday.

What is The DAISY Award?

A Healer's Touch: A hand-carved Shona stone sculpture

DAISY Award:
A Healer's Touch

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Thompson Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Hospital Partners, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org

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, every one in the unit will celebrate with 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.

DAISY Award Winners

Meet our DAISY Award Winners, click here
Watch the presentation of our first award:


DAISY Award Nomination Form

Each year four DAISY Award recipients will be selected, one for each quarter.

You may nominate a Thompson Nurse for the DAISY Award by downloading the DAISY Nomination Form and mailing it, or you may complete the form below:

  • Nominee Information

  • Nominator Information

  • In the event that this nominee is selected to receive the DAISY Award, we would like to notify you. Please provide your email address and/or phone number above if you wish to receive notification.

  • Nominee Story

  • Please describe a situation involving the nurse you are nominating that clearly demonstrates he/she meets the criteria for the DAISY Award.