After 33 year-old J. Patrick Barnes succumbed to a rare autoimmune disease in 1999, his family founded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in honor of the exemplary nursing care he received. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) program was launched at Fox Chase in January and has been implemented at more than 1,000 healthcare organizations worldwide.
The quarterly awards are based on clinical skills, compassion, and ability to provide extraordinary patient care. Nurses can be nominated by patients and their families, as well as colleagues.
Sue Coady, a nurse in the surgical stepdown unit, was named the first DAISY recipient at Fox Chase in March. “She always exemplifies skilled and compassionate nursing, but recently she truly demonstrated her superb skills by saving the life of one of our patients,” said nominating nurse Janet Miller-Stocklin.
In July the award went to infusion room nurse Terri Cuddahy, whom colleague Donna Ozovek described as the best nurse she has ever encountered. “Terri is the epitome of what it means to be a nurse,” Ozovek said.
Among the gifts provided to each winner by the DAISY Foundation is a hand-carved stone sculpture from Zimbabwe entitled “The Healer’s Touch.” In addition to sponsoring the DAISY Awards, the foundation funds nursing research and honors nursing faculty.