We are proud to partner with The DAISY Foundation to honor the compassionate care of our extraordinary nurses throughout the year.
What is the DAISY Award?
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The Foundation was formed in January 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The Daisy award is given to recognize the super-human work nurses do every day all over the country. Nurses receive the DAISY Award for their clinical skills, compassionate care, exemplary service, and continued commitment to excellence.
Recent Daisy Award winners include:
Lisa Welke, RN, ICU
Nomination Year: 2022
Nominated by: Jim K. (Patient)
Story:“Dear Lisa, I wanted to start by saying how much I appreciated your kindness, respect, gentleness and your overall care you provided me with my stay at Watertown Regional Hospital. Its individuals like yourself that truly make a person feel better when care is needed. From the time I entered your floor you made me feel at ease after what was a very traumatic situation for me. Never did I think that coming into the hospital for what I thought was a routine test to be swept away into surgery and spending the next two days in a hospital room. I’ve always prided myself on being a tough guy that never quits or stops. This was my very first time being in a hospital bed, not just a visitor. You let me know that it is okay to just rest once in a while! I’m submitting your name along with a copy of this letter to the hospital in hopes that you receive the recognition that you deserve. Thank you again for nothing short of “World Class Service” Have a very Merry Christmas!! One Satisfied Customer!”
Kellie Renz, RN, Obstetrics
Nomination Year: 2022
Nominated by: Patient
Story: When my husband and I met Kellie, she was warm and welcoming. This was our first baby, so Jacob and I had no idea w hat to expect. Kellie explained everything step by step. She was always calm and always there when we needed her. She suggested many ways/positions to use when I was having contractions. If one position didn't work, she easily helped me to another! After having our baby, we were so lucky to have her as our nurse the next day. Kellie made sure that I was comfortable on the bed and helped me to the bathroom. She made sure I had everything I needed for postpartum. Again, she was always positive and helpful. When I was breastfeeding, she showed me different positions and made sure our baby was latching correctly. We were sad to say goodbye to Kellie. She truly made our experience special, even after a complicated birth. Thank you Kellie!
Judy Tyrer, RN, IPC
Nomination Year: 2021
Nominated by: Patient Family Member
Story: “My elderly mother has been in the hospital a few times and Judy has remembered my mom each time. Judy’s personality and her approach to patient care are what makes her one of the most outstanding nurses I have seen. Any patient and their family would be so lucky to have Judy care for them. My mom deserved the best care and received it from Judy. Nurses who love their job deserve all the best. So thankful for Judy!”