For Patients and Visitors > The DAISY Award Nomination

Recognize a nurse today.

Celebrate and Honor Nursing Excellence

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care that nurses provide everyday.

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.

You can learn more about Pat’s story and The DAISY award by visiting

Nominate a St. Mary’s Nurse TodayDaisy Award

If you know a St. Mary’s Healthcare nurse whose clinical skill and especially their compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model, please nominate them for a DAISY award.

Any nurse who works at St. Mary’s is eligible for The Daisy Award.

Share your story of how a nurse made a difference in your care or that of someone you know. DAISY Award winners are honored at a reception and given a certificate, DAISY Award pin, bouquet and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”