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Published on January 11, 2012

MU Health Care Nurse Receives Daisy Award; Founders Make Presentation

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― University of Missouri Health Care presented Dorothy Shannon, R.N., a nurse in MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit, with a DAISY Award at a brief surprise ceremony today, Jan. 11, outside the NICU.

Joining in the celebration was Bonnie and Mark Barnes, co-founders of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses program.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses program 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.

The award was meant to express the family’s appreciation to the nurses who cared for Patrick during his illness. Today, the program has grown to recognize nurses nationwide for the compassionate and skillful care they give their patients every day.

“We’re very pleased that the Barneses joined us for this DAISY Award presentation,” said Anne Hackman, coordinator of Professional Nursing Development at MU Health Care. “This is the fourth award that we have given our nurses since October, and we hope to recognize our well-deserved nurses throughout the year.”

Each recipient is recognized at a ceremony in his or her nursing unit. Recipients receive a certificate, a pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch.”

For more information about the DAISY Award, please visit