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Memorial Announces September DAISY Foundation Award Winner

Robin Mercer

Congratulations to Robin Mercer, RN of the Pediatrics/PICU at Lake Charles Memorial! She was nominated by a peer at Lake Charles Memorial Health System. The patient described Robin as compassionate, caring, and hard-working.

From the nominator:

Robin is so attentive to her patients and family. She is so knowledgeable and has taught me so many things since I started working with her. She will never leave a task undone or you in a bind. Robin goes above and beyond helping not only her patients and their families but her coworkers as well. Robin exemplifies compassion and caring each time that she works. She is a ray of sunshine and happiness. I believe that I can speak for everyone on Pedi when I say how wonderful Robin is. If I am ever a patient then I would want Robin to be one of my nurses. I hope that I have the pleasure of working with Robin for many more years.


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.