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The DAISY Award: For Extraordinary Nurses at St. Mary Mercy

St. Mary Mercy is participating in a very special nationwide program that rewards excellence in nursing.

The DAISY Award was created by the DAISY Foundation to recognize the clinical skills, and extraordinary compassion and care exhibited by nurses every day. As of November 2009, 442 hospitals across the country are participating in giving out the Daisy Award. St. Mary Mercy is proud to be among the recognized hospitals.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. The Barnes' family experienced firsthand the expert clinical skills as well as the care and compassion received from many nurses during his hospitalization. The DAISY Foundation is dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary work nurses do every day and funding research to help fight diseases of the immune system.

Each month, the awardee will receive a hand-carved Shona sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch," a special DAISY Award pin, a certificate of appreciation and a tote bag.

Nominations will be accepted through the 15th of each month. The winner will be announced the following month.

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Submit nomination forms to or in ballot boxes located throughout St. Mary Mercy.