The DAISY Award


What is the DAISY Award?

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Daisy Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 due to complications of Idiopathic Throbocytopenic Purpura.

Pat was hospitalized for eight weeks and during this time the family was awed by not only the clinical skills but the incredible compassion they experienced from the nurses who cared for Pat and his family. In his honor the family formed the The Daisy Foundation and the DAISY Award.  The DAISY Award celebrates the compassionate care of extraordinary nurses and pays tribute to the special human consideration nurses give their patients every day as a very important part of the healing process.

  • The criteria for the DAISY Award aligns with the PHCS Vision Mission and Values:
  • Provides compassionate care through the healing of the mind, body and spirit
  • Effective and informative communication to patient, family and other health professionals
  • Outstanding teamwork exemplified by collaboration with others
  • Promotes patient centered care with a positive attitude

PHCS is offering the DAISY Award for our nurses. Patients, families, nurses, managers, physicians, staff and administrators can nominate someone who embodies the attributes listed above, keeping the main focus on the care of the patient and the family.

The Daisy Award Nomination form can be filled out and put in one of the ballot boxes available throughout the hospital or emailed to:


2013 Winners: 

January - Grace McDonald-Largie, RN, Maternal Fetal Medicine

February - Karla Weekes, RN, Float Pool

March - Jessica Soto, RN, Acute Care of the Elderly

April - Michael Katzman, Float Pool

May - Ann Spedding, HomeCare

June -  Dolores Blauth, Surgical Care Unit

July - Christine Kelly, Mother Baby Unit

August - Sharon Braconi, Labor and Delivery

September - Mary Ann Sheerin, HomeCare

2012 Winners: 

January - James Walters, RN, J7

February - Ashley Edling, RN, J6

March - Conghuyentonny Nguyenhuong, RN, HomeCare

April - Lisette Winans, RN, Acute Rehabilitation

May - Joann Biegman, 'RN, EDU

June - Joan Mastrobattisk, RN, Princeton House Outpatient - Hamilton Site

July - Ellen Rodriquez, RN, Maternal Child Health

August - Britni Walton, RN, MNO 

September - Debbie Bryan-Taft, RN

October - Beth Beckett, RN

November - Anne Mathiews, RN

December - Jyotsna Patole, RN             

Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to James Waters, our first DAISY Award Winner!! 

Daisy Award