Daisy Foundation

Representatives of the Daisy Foundation visited Memorial Hospital of Gardena Jan. 31 to shine a light on excellence in nursing care and the process for receiving nominations for deserving nurses. The prestigious Daisy Award is presented to exceptional nurses at hospitals around the country.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award was created to honor excellent nursing care like that received by Barnes.

Photographed here (left to right) are:  Traci Siler, chief nursing officer at Memorial Hospital of Gardena; Janell Baker, hospital DAISY Award committee member; Milissa Barnes, vice president for operations at the Daisy Foundation and sister-in-law of Patrick Barnes;  Nicole Dodson, West Coast DAISY program manager; London Simms, East Coast program manager; Devany Slaughter, hospital DAISY committee member; Gretchen Hallgreen, med-surg director; and Ruby Blake med-surg director.

 Jan. 31, 2023