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Recognizing Nursing Excellence

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

The award is given to outstanding nurses in more than 2,000 healthcare facilities around the world. Marshfield Medical Center - Beaver Dam is proud to be among one of many hospitals honoring nurses with the DAISY Award.



Who is Eligible for the DAISY Award?

DAISY Award recipients are currently practicing registered nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through:

  • Compassionate Care
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Modeling Empathy
  • Practicing with Passion
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Connections with patients and families

If you choose to share your story, be sure to indicate how the nurse made a difference by demonstrating each (or several) of these characteristics.


What Do DAISY Award Honorees Receive?

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in his/her unit and will receive:

  • A framed certificate
  • A copy of their nomination
  • A DAISY Award Pin
  • A Hand-Carved sculpture entitled “The Healers Touch”

Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with a cinnamon treat.  The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.


How Can You Nominate an Extraordinary MMC-BD Nurse?

Patients, family members, visitors, staff, volunteers and physicians can nominate a nurse! Paper nomination forms are located below and throughout the hospital. Completed paper nomination forms should be returned to Human Resources (Attn: HR Admin Assistant).


You may also send the following information to

  • Today's Date
  • Nurse's Name (first and last)
  • Nurse's Unit
  • Your Name
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your Email
  • May We Contact You?
  • You are a Patient, Volunteer, RN, Family/Visitor, Staff or MD?
  • Please describe a situation or story involving your nominated nurse that clearly demonstrates the characteristics listed in the form above and how the nurse made an extraordinary difference in your care