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Memorial Announces June DAISY Foundation Award Winner

Photo of June's DAISY award winnerThe June DAISY Foundation award winner is Logan Spivey, RN. Logan works on the second floor of Memorial's Main Campus patient tower, which is the oncology floor. The DAISY award is a national award that recognizes extraordinary nurses.

Logan was nominated by a patient's family. These are there words: From the very first day, Logan was there to answer all questions, it was the way he took time to answer questions and make suggestions on how to make the patient more comfortable. He helped with lining up meds, being careful with putting in IV's, making arrangements with Hospice, calling anyone that he thought could help. He was friendly and stayed with the patient when he found out he had cancer. He spoke of his family and where he lived just so he could keep the patient from thinking of his own problems. Logan is kind, compassionate and loves what he does for a living. Although he has seen the same problems that people have over and over, he makes you feel like your case is special to him.

About DAISY

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura).

Said his father, Mark Barnes, "We are so blessed that we were able to spend the eight weeks of his hospitalization with him and his family. During those weeks, we experienced the best of Nursing. We were there to see the clinical skill that dealt with his very complex medical situation, the fast thinking of nurses who saved his life more than once, and that nursing excellence that took years to hone to the best of the profession. But frankly, as a patient family, we rather expected that Pat would have great clinical care. That was why he was in the hospital. What we did not expect was the way his nurses delivered that care - the kindness and compassion they gave Pat and all of us in his family every day. We were awed by the way the nurses touched him and spoke with him, even when he was on a ventilator and totally sedated. The way they informed and educated us eased our minds. They truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, we still feel."

Just days after he died, the family began talking about what they would do to help fill the giant hole in their hearts that Pat’s passing had left. His wife came up with the acronym, DAISY, standing for diseases attacking the immune system. As they discussed what to do in Patrick’s memory, first and foremost, they wanted to say Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day. That is when the family created The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.