Decatur County Hospital Seeks Nominations for The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses

Nominations are now being accepted at Decatur County Hospital for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s™ mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Foundation™ is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The “DAISY” in the award name is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The DAISY Award® recipient is chosen by a committee at Decatur County Hospital. The award will be presented in May during Hospital Week. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award® pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation™, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award®.”

Said Chief Nursing Officer Mark Mattes, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award® program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation™ provides a way for us to do that.”

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation™ to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, The DAISY Foundation™ offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Mattes, Chief Nursing Officer, at 641-446-2325 or Applications are due by March 31, 2021.

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