Nurses honored at DAISY Award recognition program

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Taking part in the DAISY display dedication were, from left, Ann Madden Rice, Mark Barnes, Bonnie Barnes, Aida Calpo, Carol Robinson and Barbara Rickabaugh. Before retiring three years ago, Calpo was the DAISY coordinator at UC Davis Medical Center, a position now held by Rickabaugh.

Posted Feb. 29, 2012

Nurses at UC Davis Medical Center who have been honored by the DAISY Foundation were recently recognized at a tea held the UC Davis MIND Institute.

The DAISY Foundation regularly bestows The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a nationwide program established in 2001 to  honor excellence in nursing. Nurses at the UC Davis Medical Center were among the first in the country recognized with DAISY awards. So far, 101 nurses at the medical center have received the recognition.

Speakers at the recognition program included Mark and Bonnie Barnes, the family of the man whose death was the basis for the formation of the DAISY Foundation. Other speakers were Heather Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing; Carol Robinson, chief patient care services officer for the medical center; and Barbara Rickabaugh, DAISY coordinator at the medical center.

Following the recognition program, there was a dedication of a DAISY display in the hospital hallway overlooking the Koret Courtyard outdoor dining area. The display showcases all UC Davis nurses who have received DAISY awards.

The family of J. Patrick Barnes established the foundation in January 2000, following Barnes' death at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. DAISY is an acronym for "Diseases Attacking the Immune System." When Patrick Barnes was ill, his family was impressed by the skill, care and compassion of his nurses, and created the DAISY Award to thank nurses around the country.