The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Honoring the compassion and care bedside nurses provide their patients every day
What is The DAISY Award?
The 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
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 or emailing
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
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.