What is the DAISY Award?

An international program that rewards and celebrates the exceptional, compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day.

DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses

History of the DAISY Award

Co-founders Mark & Bonnie Barnes started the DAISY Awards when they lost their son, Patrick, from an auto-immune disease. Patrick spent eight weeks in the hospital where they experienced some of the most compassionate care. They turned their experience into an international award in their son’s honor. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.

The Barnes’s wanted to honor Patrick’s memory and knew just the way to do it. They knew they had to start by creating a way to say thank you for the gift that nurses give their patients and families every day. Through the DAISY Award, they honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.

Cleveland Clinic collaborates with the DAISY Foundation to provide ongoing recognition of the clinical skill, and especially the compassion, nurses provide to patients and families all year long.

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DAISY Award honorees provide a great patient experience. These nurses consistently deliver excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community. Nominate a nurse today by filling out the form below.

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Our Winners

Our Winners

DAISY Recognized Honorees

Avon Hospital

  • Doris Patrick
  • Lindsay Trotter
  • Janet Underwood

Cleveland Clinic Florida

  • Imtiaz Gafoor
  • Mariya Kalnysh
  • Regine Jeanty
  • Yung Lee
  • Denise Smith
  • Laverne Cuzzocrea
  • Louann Lyttleton

Euclid Hospital

  • Stanley Ndinda
  • Trisha Laska
  • Carolyn Ward

Fairview Hospital

  • Alyssa Kauffman
  • Cynthia Kovach
  • Lauren Patton
  • Katrina Gabriele
  • Virgina (Ginger) Summers
  • Meredith Lalak

Hillcrest Hospital

  • Bethany Casto
  • Frances Vasquez
  • Kevin Acierno

Lutheran Hospital

  • Carolyn Touchet
  • Stavros Koundourakis

Main Campus

  • Brittany Rae Lucas
  • Mary Jane Ziganti
  • Alexandra Rhoten
  • Kathleen Jerge
  • Antonio Rodriguez

Marymount Hospital

  • Jessica Juchnowski
  • Marlene Cooper
  • Melissa Podboy
  • Robbysean Moore
  • Jessica Dawson

Medina Hospital

  • Stephanie Pribonic
  • Lisa Wilson
  • Rebecca Prentiss

South Pointe Hospital

  • Lillian Kuts
  • Gabrielle Eichler
  • Kerry Gould
Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

DAISY Award Recipients