Friday, March 26, 2021

RELEASE: St. Anthony Regional Hospital Announces Daisy Awards for Extraordinary Nurses

Nurses from all areas of St. Anthony Regional Hospital will begin participation in The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses at St. Anthony from any area may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The recipient will be chosen by a committee at St. Anthony Hospital to receive the award. Daisy Awards will be presented quarterly at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people" Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

“A nurse’s calling is more than just a job and often involves helping to save a life, bring a life into this world, or holding the hand of a life as they die with dignity,” said Scott Ellis, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Anthony. “It is important to recognize the extraordinary work that the St. Anthony nurses perform in every area. The Daisy Award recognizes and honors the exceptional care our RNs, LPNs, CRNAs, and ARNPs provide.”

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in every department and every area are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”


St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home was founded in 1905 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Today, the organization is sponsored by St. Anthony Ministries and maintains a special relationship with its founders. St. Anthony has provided care to the communities in west central Iowa for more than 115 years and continues to fulfill its Franciscan heritage. Access to specialty physicians, the latest technology, and cost-effective care set St. Anthony apart in effectively treating each individual’s physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs. St. Anthony has been recognized for excellence in quality and safety by CMS and Consumer Reports. 

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