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The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award is a nation-wide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital are proud to be DAISY Award Hospital Partners, recognizing a nurse from each hospital with this special honor every quarter.

Values of a DAISY award nominee

A DAISY Award nominee is a nurse whose clinical skill and especially her/his compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our team members recognize as an outstanding role model. She/he acts in a way that consistently demonstrates the Values of our organization as evidenced by:

  • A passion for nursing
  • Clinical excellence
  • Service to the community
  • Respect for patients and families
  • An integral member of the team

How to nominate an extraordinary nurse 

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and team members may nominate a deserving nurse by filling the online DAISY nomination form.


What does the DAISY award winner receive?

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

  • Beautiful certificate
  • DAISY Award pin
  • Hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch"
  • Celebration with cinnamon rolls for the honoree and their unit - 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.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Hospital Partners, visit the DAISY Foundation