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DAISY Award: Nominate a nurse

The DAISY Award (which stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.

Geisinger is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, celebrating one of our nurses with this special honor every month. 

You can say “thank you” to an extraordinary Geisinger nurse by sharing your own story of how he or she made a difference that you’ll never forget.

The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after Patrick passed away in 1999 from complications caused by the auto immune disease Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. During Patrick’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was deeply touched by the extraordinary care and compassion shown not only to Patrick, but to his entire family. When Patrick passed away, the Barnes family felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way by establishing the DAISY Foundation in his honor. 

What is the DAISY Award?

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in his/her nursing unit and will receive a special certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled ‘A Healer’s Touch’. Additionally, everyone in the honoree’s nursing unit will celebrate with 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.

To nominate an exceptional Geisinger nurse, simply fill out and submit the form.


Nominate a nurse or nursing support care team member

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