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DAISY Award Honors Extraordinary Nurses

When 33-year old Patrick Barnes died of an autoimmune disease, his family struggled with how to celebrate his memory. They found their answer in the compassion, sensitivity and caring of the nurses who cared for Pat. They created an international program called The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Stormont Vail Health nurses have the opportunity to be honored with The DAISY Award.

DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Pat died from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. His family members established the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., in 1999.

The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize “super-human” efforts nurses perform. Stormont Vail Health is among more than 1,000 health care organizations committed to the DAISY Award program.

You may nominate a Stormont Vail Health nurse for the DAISY Award in one of two ways:

  • Complete the online form below.
  • Download the paper form and return it via postal mail to Stormont Vail Health, DAISY Program Coordinator, 1500 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604

Note: Nomination criteria has recently changed, no longer allowing peer nominations. However, if you hear a patient, or family member of a patient, express their appreciation for the quality of care provided by their nurse, please encourage them to either take a moment to fill out a nomination form before they leave and turn it in at the front desk. Or they can go online to Stormont Vail’s website, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Patient Services, and fill out the form online.

If you have questions, please call the DAISY Program Coordinator at (785) 354-5908.