Sadie Stanley, RN the latest DAISY Award Winner

Sadie Stanley, RN the latest DAISY Award Winner

            Nurses at Pratt Regional Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. 

            The most recent DAISY Award recipient at PRMC is Sadie Stanley, RN who was nominated by Sarah Phelps, APRN Hospitalist with Pratt Internal Medicine Group. Sadie has the “spirit, drive, desire and want to make a difference!!”  The nomination continued by sharing, “You are exactly what us “old nurses” look for in the next generation of nurses and we are so LUCKY to have you!”

            The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick 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.

            Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Pratt Regional Medical Center reviewing blinded nominations.  Awards are presented twice a year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

            Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

           “Pratt Regional Medical Center is proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” said PRMC’s Community Relations Manager, Andie Dean.