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DAISY Award Foundation

DAISY is an acronym for diseases that attack the immune system. 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. During Patrick's eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to Patrick, but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Patrick'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. In order to meet this goal, they created the DAISY Award. DAISY Award honorees personify Yuma Regional Medical Center's values by demonstrating excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Advocacy
  • Respect
  • Innovation

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be 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.


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