What is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick
Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of the auto-immune
disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week
hospital stay, Patrick's family was touched by the care his nurses
provided, not only to him but to everyone in his family. It was because
of this compassion that the family created the DAISY Award in Pat’s
memory - to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in patients' lives.
Our DAISY Award honorees demonstrate excellence through their clinical
expertise and compassionate care. They are recognized as role models in
our nursing community. Whittier Hospital Medical Center is proud to be
a DAISY Award partner, and we will recognize nurses with this special
honor on a quarterly basis. Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized
at a public ceremony in her/his unit, and each will receive:
- A beautiful DAISY Award certificate
- A DAISY Award pin
- A hand-carved stone sculpture with the words "A Healer’s Touch"
- In addition, each honoree's unit will celebrate with Cinnabon®
cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s
To find out more about the DAISY program, please go to
Patients, families, visitors, physicians, and staff may fill out the form
below to nominate an extraordinary nurse.
Congratulations to our DAISY Award Honorees!
Daisy Award Winners! August 2018
Daisy Award honorees Andreana Ho, RN – (DOU Unit); Ryan Mackereth,
RN – (Medical Surgical Unit); and Margaret Pang, RN – (ICU Unit)
Congratulations Daisy Award winner! We thank you for your outstanding care
and service to our patients and their families!
Daisy Award Winners! August 2017
Congratulations to the recipients of this quarter’s Daisy Award!
Well-deserved recognition to our dedicated nurses! (left to right) Sylvia
Alcantara, RN (Medical Surgical floor), Jacque Toy, RN (Labor & Delivery)
and Thien Ta,RN (Direct Observation Unit)
Congratulations Honorees! (left to right) Nicole Johanson/Wound Care, Alan
Tam/DOU, Ivy Cheung/DOU
4th quarter of 2016
The Daisy Award was presented to Karyn Selvidge RN/Emergency Department,
Elisa Ai-Peng Huang RN/Labor and Delivery Department, Minerva "Minnie"
Cunanan RN/Medical Surgical floor, pictured above with Chief Nursing Officer
Sarkis Vartanian and CEO Richard Castro
Meet the most amazing nurses whose practice is known for their kindness
and compassion to our patients and their families
Daisy Award honorees Maria Guerrero, RN – (Medical Surgical Unit),
Chris Battung, LVN (Case Management) and Diana Watterson, RN (DOU)
Role models in our nursing community for their excellence in clinical expertise
and compassionate care!
Daisy Award honorees Nancy Chavez, RN (DOU), Jennifer Ngov, RN (DOU) &
Salve Aguilar, RN (Pediatrics Sub Acute).
Proud recipients of the DAISY Award! Gemma Acevedo, RN, Labor & Delivery
Unit; Carmela Ulgado, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; Janette Santoya, RN,
Intensive Care Unit