What is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

Broward Health Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital are proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing two of our nurses with this special honor every month.

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

  • a beautiful certificate,
  • a DAISY Award pin, and
  • a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch.
Additionally, everyone on the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon rolls - a favorite of Patrick's during his illness.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) During Pat's 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat's memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do everyday.

The DAISY Award criteria at Broward Health Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital

DAISY Nurses at BHMC and CECH know that caring makes a big difference in their patient's experience and outcome. We want to recognize nurses that go above and beyond the expected to:

  • Make a compassionate connection with the patient and family
  • Include patients and families in the planning of their care
  • Do an excellent job education patients and their families
  • Work well with the healthcare team to meet patients and family needs
  • Make patients and their families feel comfortable
DAISY recognizes nurses that add a special touch to make a difference in the life of a patient.

How to Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out this online form. Please tell us about yourself so that we may include you in the celebration of this award if the nurse you nominate is chosen.