This international recognition program was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. In late 1999, Patrick died at the age of 33 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 way of thanking those professionals for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families. Patients, families and employees are able to nominate nurses from any Northwest Health hospital, urgent care, occupational medicine clinic or Northwest Health Medical Group office for The DAISY Award. Recipients of this honor receive an “Extraordinary Nurse” commendation, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” created by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
Northwest Health is pleased to share the stories of two compassionate and dedicated professionals who are the organization’s most recent DAISY Award recipients:
Patricia (Patti) Martin, RN Northwest Health – Porter Patti Marin, RN is the Manager of the Infusion Center at Northwest Health – Porter. She was nominated by a patient.
Katrina Richmond, RN Northwest Health – La Porte Katrina Richmond, RN was nominated by a patient.