UC Davis Medical Center nurses receive DAISY awards

Posted Feb. 10, 2010

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Six nurses at UC Davis Medical Center recently received the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation's program to recognize the extraordinary efforts nurses perform every day.

The awards were presented to each recipient by Carol Robinson, chief patient care services officer, on the nurses' respective units in the presence of their peers, family members and management team.

The award recipients were:

  • Brynne Kessler, ENT Unit
  • Brenda Cheatum, ENT Unit
  • Mary Lee-Fong, Medical Surgical Unit
  • Patricia Palmer, Oncology
  • Vera Mikshanskiy, Accelerated Access Unit
  • Crystal Dos Reis, Labor and Delivery

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 patient families.

Sculpture "A Healer's Tourch"
The honorees received a sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Africa.

Bonnie Barnes, co-founder of The DAISY Foundation, said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at UC Davis Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

The nurses certificates read: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."

The honorees received a sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Africa. Cinnabons, a favorite food of Patrick Barnes, were provided for all the nurses in each recipient's unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

UC Davis Health System is an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 613-bed acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center, the 800-member physician group known as UC Davis Medical Group, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.