Daisy Award

October 2019 Recipient—Peyton Higginbotham – 10 Harbert

I was admitted to 10 Harbert post-operation knee surgery. This was my first surgery and I was scared. Peyton came into the room with a smile on his face every time. He was always laughing, and trying to make me smile. Many times he would come in dancing. He would always ask me what my favorite movie and tv show is. He also asked my little brother and that made me feel good. It felt good that he wanted to know me and that I wasn't just another patient. Sometimes he came in and had a crown on his head that had a veil attached to it, some-bf the others doctors had gotten him and that made me laugh. Peyton being in a good mood made me feel better. It also put me in a good mood and made me have a positive attitude and made me realize that having surgery was not one of the worst things. He always made sure that my pain level was not high and also made sure that all my other needs were met. Also not Just mine also the peoples that were in my room. He would come in and tell me how strong I was, so It made me want to push harder in fighting through the pain. Thanks Peyton for making this experience the best it could have been under the circumstances!

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October 2019 Nomination List

Claire Powell–10 Harbert
Chloe Wade–7 Dearth
Carolina Boccsanfuso–8 Harbert
Chase Orozco–8 Harbert
Madeline Sittason–8 QB
Wendy Charles–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