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. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.)

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.

What Is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. NorthBay Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every Quarter.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Partners, please go to

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. 

DAISY Award Honorees personify NorthBay Health’s remarkable patient experience.

NorthBay’s DAISY Award-winning Nurses:

  • Demonstrate professionalism in the work environment.
  • Exemplify the mission, vision and values of NorthBay Health.
  • Collaborate with the health care team to meet patient’s needs.
  • Establish a special professional connection with patients and families through trust and emotional support.
  • Use critical thinking skills in the delivery of extraordinary patient care.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills with peers and co‐workers.
  • Model empathy and demonstrate a caring attitude in all situations.
  • Educate patients and their families
  • Focus consistently on meeting patient and family goals
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Want to thank your nurse for extraordinary care? Download the nomination form or email us.