Award for Extraordinary Nursing

About the DAISY Award

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick was a twice survivor of Hodgkin’s Disease and lived his life with good will and support to all he met.

His family created the DAISY Award to recognize the skilled and compassionate care he received from his nurses and celebrate the professionals who consistently meet the high standard of care he received. The DAISY Award was created to keep his special spirit alive and recognize the special contributions nurses provide.

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony on his or her unit, and will receive an award certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful Healer’s Touch hand-carved stone sculpture. Additionally, the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.

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Criteria for DAISY Award Nominees

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees are welcome to nominate a deserving PMC nurse for the DAISY Award. Please nominate a nurse who consistently meets the following criteria:

  • Makes a special connection with the patient and family
  • Includes patients and families in the planning of their care
  • Does an excellent job educating patients and their families
  • Works well with the healthcare team to meet the needs of patients and family members
  • Makes patients and their families feel comfortable
  • Goes above and beyond


Submit your Nomination

Click here to fill out the ONLINE form and submit your nomination. 

You can also click here to download and print the nomination form to fill out and mail/fax it to:

Pikeville Medical Center
Attn: DAISY Coordinator, Human Resources
911 Bypass Road, Building A
Pikeville, KY 41501
FAX: 606-437-9708

Read the stories behind the extraordinary nurses that have won the DAISY Award® at PMC.

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