Lodi Memorial

DAISY Awards

About the DAISY Foundation


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. 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. 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 every day.

What is the DAISY Award?

DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Lodi Health is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor twice each year. To find out more about the DAISY Award program, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive a certificate, a DAISY award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, "A Healer's Touch." Additionally, ever one in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls - 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.

Nominate an extraordinary nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by sharing their stories. Submit a nomination form here.