The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif. and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Each month, a nurse will be selected to receive the DAISY Award by Centegra’s DAISY Committee comprised of administrators, direct caregivers and nursing support staff members. During a presentation with colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an extraordinary nurse. The certificate reads, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree also will be presented a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
One day while Patrick was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, the DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.
President and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Centegra are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”
This is one initiative of the DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes grants for nursing research and evidence-based practice projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available at www.DAISYfoundation.org.