Crozer-Keystone Introduces the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on July 29, 2013

Crozer-Keystone Introduces the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Crozer-Keystone Health System introduced the DAISY Award to recognize extraordinary health system nurses each month.

Any CKHS nurse who practices values and demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, extraordinary service or compassionate care is eligible to be nominated for a DAISY Award. DAISY Award honorees are nurses who demonstrate dedication, autonomy and innovation, and who are selfless and extraordinary.

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and CKHS employees can nominate a deserving nurse by submitting a nomination online. Nomination forms are also available on nursing units and in public areas at Crozer-Keystone hospitals. Nominations can be submitted in boxes located in the following locations:

  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center: Main Lobby
  • Delaware County Memorial Hospital: Main Lobby
  • Taylor Hospital: Outside of the Cafeteria
  • Springfield Hospital: Main Lobby
  • CKHS Home Care/Hospice: Drexeline in Drexel Hill

Each month, a nurse will be selected by Crozer-Keystone Health System’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being 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.” The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes 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. The care Barnes 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.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. Given the current national nursing shortage, The DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” says Robert Haffey, MBA, M.S.N., R.N., chief nursing officer for Crozer-Keystone.

For more information about the DAISY Award, visit here.


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