Daisy Award for Nursing

What is the Daisy Award?

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem. Jackson County Memorial Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

To learn more, including the growing list of Hospital Partners, log onto www.DAISYfoundation.org.

About the Daisy Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 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 Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’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 everyday.

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse 

DAISY Award honorees personify Jackson County Memorial Hospital’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Patients, visitors, and physicians may nominate a deserving nurse by printing and filling out this form and submitting it one of the following ways:

  • Place it in one of the many DAISY nomination boxes throughout the facility
  • Deliver it directly to one of our Department Leaders
  • Mail it to the JCMH Education Department. 

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive a:

  • Beautiful Certificate
  • DAISY Award Pin
  • Hand-Carved Stone Sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch

Additionally, the honoree will receive Cinnabon® dust and everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls.


Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls were 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.