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Anderson Hospital joins DAISY nurse-honoree program

Anderson Hospital in Maryville is now a participant in The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The program has been adopted by health-care facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.

Patients, families and colleagues may nominate nurses by sharing stories and submitting examples of how they were so special.  Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her/him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick 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 health-care organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” said Lisa Spencer, Anderson Hospital.  “Nurses are heroes every day.  It is important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.  The DAISY Foundation provides one way for us to recognize them.”

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