Baxter Regional Medical Center recently honored two of its registered nurses. Desiree Underwood and Beverly Crabb received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The awards are part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the efforts nurses perform everyday. DAISY is an acronym for "diseases attacking the immune system." The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in memory of Patrick Barnes. Barnes was diagnosed in late 1999 with the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), and he died eight weeks after being admitted to the hospital. Barnes' father Mark says the foundation and award were the family's way of thanking nurses for the gifts nurses give their patients and families on a daily basis.
BRMC Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Shannon Nachtigal says the DAISY Foundation provides the hospital a way to let its nurses know their work is highly valued.
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