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The DAISY Foundation Award

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Women & Infants Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.  

DAISY 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 auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. 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. According to Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY foundation, “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 Women & Infants Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”  

Each DAISY Award honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® 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. 

Mary Dowd Struck Award for Excellence in Nursing 

The Mary Dowd Struck Award for Excellence in Nursing, established in 2006 by Women &Infants’ Board of Trustees to honor our former senior vice president of patient care services, is awarded annually to a nurse exemplifying:

  • Clinical excellence.
  • Professional collegiality.
  • Patient and family advocacy.
  • Passion for women’s and/or newborn health.

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