Daisy Award



Marlette Regional Hospital is proud to honor and recognize our outstanding nurses with the DAISY Award — an international recognition program that celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide to patients, and their families, every day.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this award to say thank you to nurses everywhere because they believe nurses are truly “unsung heroes.” The DAISY Award recipients are registered nurses, who exemplify the nursing values. Extraordinary Compassion, Courage, Integrity, in every situation! These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence in the delivery of patient care and the promotion of their professional nursing practice.

Anyone can nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. Excellent nurses demonstrate many outstanding characteristics and qualities that go beyond what is expected. The DAISY Award committee selects one nurse who exemplifies the following characteristics:

  • Provide outstanding direct patient care.
  • Have an extensive knowledge base.
  • Be a forward thinker who can anticipate problems and creatively puts forth solutions.
  • Initiate change to better serve patients.
  • Work well in a team.
  • Motivate others.
  • Show cultural or generational sensitivities.
  • Initiate change to better serve patients.

Each DAISY Award recipient will be recognized at a public ceremony and will receive a DAISY Award certificate, a DAISY Award lapel pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch.

For questions about the DAISY Award at Marlette Regional Hospital, contact Mary Johnson at mjohnson@mrhcares.org or call 989-635-4523.

To find out more about the DAISY Award, visit DAISYfoundation.org.