We live in Madison, Alabama. My daughter is no stranger to Children's Hospital. We spent almost 11 months here in 2018-2019. However, we received the devasting news that my daughter had relapsed. They were our nurse in some of the stressful days to follow. They always went above and beyond to be on top of all aspects of my child's care. Anything I mentioned was handled within minutes. They made sure that we were able to fully focus on my child and keeping her happy while she handled everything else. They sat with us as we cried, listened as we vented and did their best to make us all smile. She was successful at removing a lot of stress and helping us through some of the toughest days. I want the administration at Children's Hospital to know how appreciative I am of them and the amazing care they provided not just to my child but to our whole family. In a time where covid can make you feel so isolated and alone it gave us peace to know they were with us every step of the way. They were a blessing to our family, and they are a true asset to Children's of Alabama.
Abby Gober – CCU
Angela Locklar – NICU
Anna Nannini – SCU
Margaret Newman – CVICU
Ashton Odom – 9 Harbert
Anastasia O'Neal – ED
Shelby Rorie – ED
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the world.
A DAISY Award will be given once a month. The monthly award winner will be recognized at a ceremony and will receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer's Touch. Additionally, the unit or department of the recipient will receive Cinnabon's cinnamon rolls—a favorite of Patrick's during his illness—with the sentiment that the heavenly aroma will remind them how special they are and how important their work is.
Nurses that receive The DAISY Award personify Children's of Alabama's remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence by: