The DAISY Award

About the DAISY Foundation

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 Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) During Pat’s eight week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. 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.

What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Meritus Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses monthly with this special honor. To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Partners, please visit

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Nominate a nurse for the Daisy Award by clicking here.

What is The DAISY Team Award?

The DAISY Team Award is designed to honor collaboration by two or more people, led by a nurse, who identify and meet patient and/or patient family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of Nursing. The team award is presented each May but nominations are received throughout the year.

Nominate a team of 2 or more people led by a nurse for the Daisy Team Award by clicking here.