The Daisy Foundation
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who, at the age of 33, died of complications from the autoimmune disease, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. During Patrick’s hospitalization, his family was awed by the kindness and compassion the nurses showed, not only to him but to his family as well.
After Patrick’s passing, his family wanted to find a way to say thank you to nurses everywhere, for all the hard work they do. It was then that the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award was created. Today, over 2000 healthcare facilities in all 50 states, as well as 14 countries, participate in the award program.
KSB Hospital has participated in the DAISY Award program since 2013, with both a spring and fall recognition ceremony. Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, families, physicians, employees and other nurses. Going above and beyond for patients or their families, keeping a positive attitude, demonstrating professionalism, and exemplifying the mission, vision and values of KSB are wonderful qualities in nurses and they deserve recognition.