Daisy Award

August 2019 Recipient—Keri Krake –Special Care Unit

Keri, our special care unit nurse on May 6th She went above and beyond to help my son. When she felt like information needed to be shared with doctors, she did not hesitate to communicate with them. She answered countless question and if she did not know the answer, she went on a search to find it. She brought him toys without us asking and even engaged in friendly conversations with my other children. As she was leaving from work on the 8th, Keri came to a different building and location to check and see if he was improving. When I was sad from what my child was experiencing, she offered works of encouragement and knowledge to reassure me that his situation was going to turn around. We are very grateful to have had her as a nurse during our stay.

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August 2019 Nomination List

Brittney Martin-10 Harbert
Peyton Higginbotham-10 Harbert
Brittney Martin-10 Harbert
Autumn Cole-CCU
Yvette Gardiner-ED
Grace (Gracie) Davis-PICU
Angela Calhoun-SCU
Emily Wilkey-SCU
Tyler Duffey-SCU


daisylogo.gifThe 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:

  • Serving as a role model for the nursing profession
  • Demonstrating a caring attitude in all situations
  • Communicating with compassion, using words the patient and family understand
  • Making a significant difference in the life of a patient