OXFORD — Nurses at Granville Health System will soon be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The award, a news release says, is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission “to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.”
Granville Health System is among many health care organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.
The care Barnes 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.
Nurses will be nominated by patients, families and colleagues from Granville Health System, and the award recipient will be chosen by a committee at Granville Health System to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Honorees receive a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.”
Honorees also receive The DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
“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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do,” said Bonnie Barnes, co-founder of The DAISY Foundation.
“The kind of work the nurses at Granville Health System are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. Nurses go above and beyond every day,” said Ann Marie Holtzman-Wheeler, chief nursing officer for Granville Health System. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”