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 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 out one of our online nomination forms.

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

Nominate a nurse

To nominate a nurse at Rochester General Hospital, click here.

To nominate a nurse at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, click here.

To nominate a nurse at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, click here.

To nominate a nurse leader, click here.

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