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The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 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 disease attacking the immune system.) During Pat's nine-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 every day.


The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. CAMC is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing our exceptional RNs and LPNs with honor.

Each quarter, DAISY Award honorees will be recognized by the Nursing Management Council, at their hospital's manager's meeting and on their unit. Honorees will also receive an award certificate, DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch." Additionally, everyone in the awardee's unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® iced 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 and the incredible impact they have on the lives of patients and their families every day.


Anyone can nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award (i.e. patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, employees, etc.). Nurses will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Committed to focusing on the goals of the patient, family and institution.
  2. Serves as a patient advocate.
  3. Demonstrates outstanding clinical skills and decision-making capabilities.
  4. Serves as role model in professional nursing as demonstrated by exceptional core values, proactive leadership, mentoring, and interpersonal skills with patients, families, peers and colleagues.
  5. Collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to coordinate plan of care including: assessment, outcome identification, planning, implementation and evaluation.

The DAISY Award is only available to nurses at CAMC General, Memorial, and Women and Children's hospitals at this time. It will be available to nurses at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital in the near future.

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