DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick was a wonderful person.
In honor of Patrick, his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. This is the primary mission of The DAISY Foundation.
DAISY Award winners have been nominated by patients, families or coworkers for their skillful and compassionate care.
October - Lacy Carter
Lacy Carter, RN works as an oncology nurse. Vice President of Nursing, Sarah Fields presented Lacy with the October DAISY Award after Lacey was nominated by Christopher Sirridge, MD.
Lacy is always smiling, positive and visiting with patients and their families. She makes a point to make a personal connection with all of her patients. Lacy is a strong patient advocate and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure their needs are met regardless of what it requires.
September - Justine Frick
Justin has been a nurse for 1 ½ years at North Kansas City Hospital. He is an advocate for his patients, a team player, a skilled practitioner, and is able to critically think through all situations. Justin’s first priority is in delivering excellent patient care; his patient’s always come first. He sets an example on the unit for his professionalism and dedication to his patients. He has been recognized by his patients for his way of making everyone comfortable and to feel like they are his only patient.
August - Nicole Becker
Sarah Fields, Vice President of Nursing, presented Nicole with the August DAISY Award. Nicole recently assisted in the opening of the Outpatient Treatment Center and can be found working on the unit in a variety of roles.
Nicole’s patients have described her as “informative” and “takes the time to answer all
of my questions, some I didn’t even know I had”.
July - Melissa Hurtado
June - Sarah Kelly
Vice President of Nursing, Sarah Fields, presented Sarah Kelly, RN with the June DAISY Award.
Sarah is an extremely compassionate and caring nurse. She was most recently nominated for the DAIDY Award by the daughter of a patient on the Orthopedic Unit. "Sarah was so compassionate and caring to my mother when she was having a rough time with recovery. She was knowledgeable about any question, and so positive – cheering my mother on."
May - Thom MCCullough
The family member who nominated Thom had recently lost her father. Thom cared for him during his last night. She said Thom was attentive and compassionate, making her Dad feel comfortable while treating him with dignity. The family expressed their gratitude and referred to Thom as an "earth angel".
April - Bre Griffey
Bre Griffey, RN (pictured left) was nominated by a patient who is also an employee, Kat (right). Kat says Bre was not only the most caring nurse she's ever had, she now feels she has a new friend. When they run into each other now around the halls of the Hospital, they stop to chat, and there are hugs.
March - Alessia Carpenter
The daughter of a patient describes Alessia in an extremely complimentary note. Just a few of the comments:
"I have never met a more caring, kind, respectful health care worker than Alessia...quite frankly everyone, although nice and professional, have truly paled in comparison. Her compassion was evident in her tone of voice, body language and facial expressions
February - Pam Stubbs
As a nurse in Maternal Child Health, Pam cares for newborns, and their parents. She was nominated for her attentive care to make sure parents were feeling secure in their new roles. One patient said, "she often went the extra mile to make sure we were taken care of. She was very knowledgable and was always there as soon as I needer her. Pam made our stay very comfortable."
January - Tracy Hoose
Tracy was nominated by a patient's family. Several comments stated she was a delight, very concerned and attentive. She went beyond her job duties to care for not only the patient but the entire family.