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The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. University of Missouri Health Care is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

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

  • a beautiful certificate
  • a DAISY Award pin
  • a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch

Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls - 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.

The DAISY Award Criteria at MU Health Care

DAISY Nurses here at MU Health Care know that caring makes a big difference in their patient's experience and outcome. We want to recognize nurses that go above and beyond the expected to:

  • Be a role model for patient centered care by involving the patient and family as part of the healthcare team
  • Communicate with compassion, using words the patient and family understand
  • Collaborate with health care team members and advocate for patient wishes
  • Create a positive, supportive, safe and healing environment for our patients
  • Give high quality care to patients and their families
  • Be viewed as an excellent role model
  • Show commitment to the growth of our nursing profession 

DAISY recognizes nurses that add a special touch to make a difference in the life of a patient.

Nurses After Hours Contact

Nurses are available for after-hours health questions by calling Health Connect at 573-884-2401.

Nominate a Nurse for the Daisy Award Now!

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the tremendous effort and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Anyone can nominate a deserving nurse.

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