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What is the DAISY Award?

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

Anyone can nominate a nurse for the award. All licensed nurses (RN, LPN/LVN, or Advance Practice) who demonstrate extraordinary, compassionate care are eligible. Nurses can work in any setting, i.e. inpatient, ambulatory, long-term care, etc. Download a nomination form.

Nominated nurses should exemplify the philosophy of Nursing and mission of Palos Health as demonstrated by the following attributes and qualities:

  • Provides consistent focus on meeting patient and family needs
  • Delivers compassionate, empathetic care
  • Passionate about their commitment to patient care
  • Trustworthy and sincere
  • Demonstrates excellent assessment skills, critical thinking, and decision-making capacities
  • Demonstrates human aspects of nursing in combination with scientific knowledge
  • Works well with all healthcare team members to achieve common goals
  • Exhibits professionalism

Each month’s winner receives a DAISY Award pin, a Healer’s Touch hand carved statue and an award certificate. In addition, the selected nurse’s unit receives a banner to post for the month and freshly baked cinnamon rolls for everyone on the day the award is presented.

Hard copies of the nomination form may be picked up at any nurses station or in the main lobby, Emergency Department or Center for Short Stay Care. Once complete, please drop off in one of our DAISY boxes located in our main lobby,Emergency Department or Center for Short Stay Care. Forms may also be submitted via email to

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications from 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. 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 every day.