The Woodlands Hospital
Daisy Foundation Award
In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura). Pat and his wife, Tena, had celebrated the birth of their daughter two months before he became sick.
During the 8 weeks of his hospitalization, the Barnes family “experienced the best of Nursing”. They were there to see the clinical skill that dealt with his very complex medical situation, the fast thinking of nurses who saved his life more than once, that nursing excellence that took years to hone to the best of the profession. As a patient family, they rather expected that Pat would have great clinical care; that was why he was in the hospital. What they did not expect was “the way his nurses delivered that care - the kindness and compassion they gave Pat and all of us in his family every day”. They “were awed by the way the nurses touched him and spoke with him, even when he was on a ventilator and totally sedated. The way they informed and educated us eased our minds. They truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, we still feel”.
Just days after he died, the family began talking about what they would do to help fill the giant hole in their hearts Pat’s passing had left. Tena came up with the acronym, D.A.I.S.Y., standing for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and they filed their papers to become a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. As the family discussed what to do in Patrick’s memory, they knew that first and foremost, they needed to say “Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day”, just as they had experienced.
The Barnes family created The D.A.I.S.Y. Award For Extraordinary Nurses and piloted the program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance whose nurses cared for Patrick during the last weeks of his life. Their goal was to ensure that nurses knew how “deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care”. At the time they started the program, they could not have anticipated that The D.A.I.S.Y. Award would come to be regarded as a strategic tool for nurse recruitment and retention and would be adopted by healthcare facilities all over the U.S. and beyond.
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital began participating in the D.A.I.S.Y. Foundation’s recognition program in 2011, honoring the super-human work nurses do at the bedside every day, focusing on the compassionate care and memorable moments our nurses provide their patients and patient’s families; as well as great clinical skill.
As the program continues to grow with each passing Honoree, the constant reminder of what truly Extraordinary Nurses we have is ever present!
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