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Madera nurses receive Daisy Awards for compassion, skill

For The Madera Tribune

Madera Community Hospital nurses Lucy Cerbo, left, and Skyler Howe, right, have been given Daisy Awards by the Daisy Foundation of Glen Ellen, California. With the winners are Jane Winning, RN, second from left, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, and Maria Guillen, RN, director of the medical-surgical unit.


Madera Community Hospital registered nurses Lucy Cerbo and Skyler Howe have been given Daisy Awards for outstanding nursing.

The award is given by the Daisy Foundation of Glen Ellen, California, which was established in 1999 by members of the family of one Patrick Barnes.

He was the victim of the autoimmune disease ITP, or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding results from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help blood clot.

Barnes was 33 at the time, and he died after an illness of eight weeks.

The Barnes family wanted to do something positive to honor Patrick. So they came up with DAISY — an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

As they brainstormed what The Daisy Foundation would actually do, they kept coming back to the one positive thing they held on to during Patrick’s 8-week illness: the extraordinary care he and they received from Patrick Barnes’s nurses. The family was very impressed by the clinical care Pat’s nurses provided, but what really overwhelmed them was the compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to Pat’s bedside day in and day out. The nurses’ sensitivity made a great difference in the Barnes’s experience, and they wanted to say thank you to nurses for the care they provide patients and families every day.

So Pat’s family created The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. What started out as a thank you from their family to nurses has grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world.

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