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The Daisy Award

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing



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Houston Methodist Hospital is proud to partner with the not-for-profit Daisy Foundation to present the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This monthly award, given in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), recognizes the compassion, bedside care and “super-human” efforts exhibited by nurses every day at Houston Methodist Hospital.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and over 285 nationwide hospitals currently honor their nurses through the Daisy Program. The Barnes Family was so awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. In addition to celebrating excellence in nursing, the Daisy Foundation also strives to fund nursing research through evidence-based practice projects.

Each Daisy Award winner receives a framed certificate of recognition, a DAISY lapel pin and a sculpture called A Healer's Touch. The beautiful Healer’s Touch sculptures are hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The winner's nursing unit also enjoys a special breakfast of Cinnabon's (Patrick's favorite) to remind the staff members how special and important they are in the care of patients and families.

Who is Eligible?

At Houston Methodist Hospital, all registered nurses who practice the ICARE values and demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service or compassionate care are eligible to receive The Daisy Award. These nurses can be nominated by patients, families, colleagues, physicians and staff.

Nominate a nurse online (downloadable PDF form)
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For more information on The Daisy Award at Houston Methodist Hospital, please contact Trevor Mitchell at 713-441-4507 or via e-mail: tmitchell2@houstonmethodist.org.