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About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from complications of the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

The foundation honors Pat's memory and his comforting, positive nature. It provides support for research and education about ITP and related illnesses.

What is The DAISY Award?

Inspired by the care and compassion Pat's nurses provided during his illness, the foundation established The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that celebrates nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise, extraordinary service, compassionate care and the trusting relationships they form with patients and families. The University of Kansas Health System is a proud DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing three of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

DAISY Award winners are honored at a public ceremony on their units. Each receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture called "A Healer’s Touch."

To recommend a deserving nurse for this award, complete and return the nomination form. If you have any questions or comments about the nomination process at The University of Kansas Health System, contact daisy@kumc.edu. To learn more about the program, including the growing list of hospital partners, visit DAISYfoundation.org.

DAISY Award Recipients

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