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The DAISY Award

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complicatoins of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.  (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  During Pat's 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family.  So one of the goals they set, in creating a Foundation in Pat's memory, was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day. 

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

Sanford Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor quarterly.

To find out more about the program, includeing the growing list of Partners, please go to

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DAISY Award honorees personify the remarkable patient experience at Sanford Health.  These nurses, consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care.  They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch.  All staff will celebrate with a special treat.

How to Thank an Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, families, volunteers, and all employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out a form.  To obtain a form, please call 507-372-3146 or click here to view the brochure and print it. Forms can be returned to Sanford Worthington Medical Center Nursing Services, 1018 Sixth Ave, Worthington, MN 56187