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Extraordinary nurses will be recognized at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center

April 22, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – MUSC Health Florence Medical Center will kick off The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses program Tuesday.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize and honor nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate care to patients and families every day.

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 can be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. Recipients of the DAISY award are chosen by the DAISY committee at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center. Awards are presented quarterly throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients and visitors.

DAISY recipients will receive national recognition and a Spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation website. Each honoree will receive 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.

“We are proud to be among the health care organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” said Costa Cockfield, the chief nursing officer at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center. “Nurses are heroes every day, yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession.

Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students.

If you would like to nominate a nurse, visit MUSChealth.org/florence/DAISY. Nominations must be submitted by May 1 for the first honoree to be recognized on May 9.