The DAISY Award for
Extraordinary Nurses

Honoring the compassion and care bedside nurses provide their patients every day

What Is The DAISY Award?

DAISY AWARDThe DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses every day. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey are proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partners, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every quarter.

Meet Our DAISY Award Winners

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 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.

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.

Daisy award winning nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Each DAISY Award Honoree receives a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. The nursing unit also celebrates 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.

Nominating an Extraordinary Nurse to Receive a DAISY Award

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the forms and submitting to Nursing Administration located immediately off the ABC Lobby on B1.

NBIMC and CHoNJ would like to thank Cinnabon of the Brunswick Square Mall for their support of the DAISY Award. For more information about the DAISY Foundation, please visit

NBI Daisy Foundation

Pictured, from left, are Mark Barnes, Daisy Foundation Co-Founder; Maryellen Wiggins MSN, RN, ACRN, NE-BC, AVP Patient Care Services, CHoNJ; Bonnie Barnes, Daisy Foundation Co-Founder; and Mary Fuhro, RN, JD, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Outcomes Management, NBIMC.

Patient Stories

  • “The care I received at The Beth was superb, and the nurses were amazing; no matter if it was early in the morning or in the middle of the night, they cared and were very present for me.”

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  • “I consider my medical team a very compassionate and encouraging part of my recovery,” added Martha.

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  • “Having a child in the NICU was an emotional rollercoaster, and the staff was an amazing support system getting me through every step,” added Tanisha.

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