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Memorial Announces its First DAISY Foundation Award Winner

DAISY award winner pictured with hospital adminstrationMemorial announced its first ever DAISY Foundation award Thursday, May 6, during National Nurses' Week. The award was presented to Lexie Reed, RN (pictured in middle) who is a pediatric registered nurse. The DAISY award is a national award that recognizes extraordinary nurses.

Recently, a patient in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit suffered a traumatic brain injury due to child abuse. The 3-year-old patient was only able to open his eyes and cry. He could not have visitation from family. One night (and many times after), Lexie was in the patient's room at his bedside. At that moment, she thought "this child does not know nor has he ever known what it feels like to be loved." Lexie laid with him, sang to him, read to him, and held him for hours. This was not a random act by Lexie as she often shows her love and compassion for patients, families, and coworkers.

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.