The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Saint Clare's Health System is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

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.

Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon' cinnamon rolls - a favorite of Patrick's during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

Patients and their families or hospital employees can nominate a nurse. (Click to download the DAISY Award nomination form)

Saint Clare’s DAISY nurses

Marianne Cavanaugh, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse ICU, was presented with a DAISY award at the October 21st Nurse Executive Council meeting because of the following letter that was received from Lysbeth Karlok, MSW, CCU Social Worker.

I am writing to praise Marianne Cavanaugh’s management of a medically difficult and emotionally charged case. Marianne was assigned to care for a 51 year old female who was actively dying. This patient had a husband, mother, sisters and two teenaged children. This patient was a nurse and a former employee. I was impressed as I observed Marianne provide efficient care all the while being both compassionate and professional. She set boundaries yet was accessible to the family. She provided information in an honest forthright manner to the patient and family and addressed many issues and questions related to “end of life” care. She was an integral part of the care team in clarifying code status, moving the patient and family to accept a DNR, and preparing them for her death.

I was most impressed with Marianne just prior to and after patient expired. She focused on the physical and emotional comfort of the patient. She focused on the emotional wellbeing of the family. She did what was in her control for the patient and family to face her death with dignity. She met with the husband and with the teenagers. Later she met with patient’s mother. She spoke clearly and in age appropriate terms for each family member. She guided the teenagers to say farewell and to spend time with their mother prior to death. She also provided supportive intervention and hugs to the family, in particular to patient’s teenage daughter once the patient was pronounced dead. She exuded compassion and care with her every action.

Amy Flynn, BSN, RN, Shift Supervisor L&D, was presented with a DAISY award on October 20th. Amy was the nurse for a full-term young mom who came to L&D because she had not felt her baby move that day. Amy assisted with her delivery, a stillborn baby.Since Amy had just attended bereavement training she provided exceptional care of this mom, who had a very sad life story, and her baby. This mom held her baby for almost 20 hours.

Amy did an additional wonderful thing for this mom. She had molds made of the baby’s hand and foot. When she left work at 7:30AM, after working a 12 hour shift, she went to have the molds made and brought the finished molds back to the Mom, so she could have them before she went home. At first Amy did not want to give the molds to the Mom because she was not dressed in her uniform, but the other nurses convinced her to go into the room and present the Mom with the molds. The Mom cried even more over the wonderful gift and lasting memory of her baby.
  1. Silvia Martinez (5/11/11)
  2. Marie Emelie Capalla-Santos (9/21/11)
  3. Colleen Spitzer (9/21/11)
  4. Heather Lines-Degelman (1/18/12)
  5. Special Care Nursery Staff (1/18/12)
  6. Deborah Ginard (4/18/12)
  7. Jacqueline Lezcano (4/18/12)
  8. Debbie Miller (5/2012)
  9. Maureen O’Connell RN (5/2012)
  10. Jeanette Pasquale RN (5/2012)
  11. Mary Healy (11/2012)
  12. Jerilynn Tumminelli (11/2012)
  13. Susan Fox (5/2013)
  14. Ellen Reggiani (5/2013)
  15. Ellen Pateman (6/2013)
  16. Eunice Predmore (6/2013)
  17. Deepika Rai (7/2013)
  18. Patty Oliemuller (9/2013)
  19. Linda Alexander (1/2014)
  20. Beth Meehan (1/2014)
  21. Shirley Mones (1/2014)
  22. Jennifer Radell (2/2014)
  23. Marcee Kenney (5/2014)
  24. Cara Pompei (5/2104)
  25. Caitlin Maday (7/2014)
  26. Susanna Olson (9/2014)
  27. Roberta Henches, RN, IMCU/Telemetry (10/2014)
  28. Anna Magliocchetti, BSN, RN, IMCU/Telemetry (11/2014)
  29. Cindy Michalowski, RN , IMCU/Telemetry (1/2015)
  30. Michele Pope, RN, CCU (2/2015)
  31. Ashlee Maixner, RN, ED (4/2015)
  32. Pedro Leon, RN, ED (4/2015)
  33. Mellitsa Reichenthal, RN, 4B (5/2015)
  34. Sarah Granda, MSN, RN, APN, Infection Control (6/2015)
  35. Pat Gibbons, RN (6/2015)
  36. Mary Pawar, BSN, RN, CCRN (8/2015)
  37. Mary Sanders, LPN (9/2015)
  38. Amy Flynn, BSN, RN, L&D (10/2015)
  39. Marianne Cavanaugh, BSN, RN, CCU (10/2015)