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Kishwaukee, Valley West nurses to be honored with DAISY awards

April 29, 2017 GMT

Nurses at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital are being honored with the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the efforts of all nurses and the duties they perform every day. The first award recipient will be honored at the Nurses Week Event on May 12.

The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

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Nurses may be nominated by patients, families or colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses from Northwestern Medicine to receive the DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of nurse colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Each honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Africa.

For information and a listing of health care organizations running the program, visit DAISYfoundation.org. To learn about Northwestern Medicine, visit news.nm.org.