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UC Davis Medical Center

DAISY Award for compassionate care of patients

Spotlight on Staff

September 25, 2013

“I can’t begin to tell you what it has meant to have such incredible support from you. You are an inspiration and have made such a difference in the atmosphere of our room.”
- UC Davis patient on nurse Tyrone Damon

Tyrone Damon, a clinical nurse in UC Davis Medical Center's Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition of the compassionate, thoughtful care he provides to his patients.

The DAISY Foundation regularly bestows The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a nationwide program that recognizes nursing excellence. The foundation has grown to a membership of over 1,500 medical organizations worldwide. UC Davis Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the country to join the DAISY foundation.

'Always positive, every day'

The nomination for Damon includes comments from both co-workers and patients that describe efforts and measures he takes to provide comfort to his patients.

“He maintains communication with patients and families at a time when they are dealing with difficult and overwhelming issues,” said one colleague. “He goes above and beyond to meet their needs.”

Another co-worker praised Damon’s bright outlook.

“He is always positive every day, without exception,” the co-worker said. “His customer service and professionalism are noteworthy, and many of us look up to him. He always gives 100 percent, never complains and always has a smile.”

A patient of Damon said, “I can’t begin to tell you what it has meant to have such incredible support from you. You are an inspiration and have made such a difference in the atmosphere of our room.”

Thanking nurses for making a difference

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes 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 patients’ families.

Damon received a certificate and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Africa.