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, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

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 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 will receive:

  • a beautiful certificate
  • a DAISY Award pin
  • a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch
  • In addition, their unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s

To find out more about the DAISY program, please go to www.DAISYfoundation.org.

Nomination Form

Patients, families, visitors, physicians, and staff may fill out the form below to nominate an extraordinary nurse.

I would like to nominate
from the unit/department

for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Please describe a situation in which the nurse demonstrated at least one of the below principles:

  • Models compassion, caring and empathy
  • Made an impact and difference on the patient/family
  • Went above and beyond in responding to patient/family needs

Thank you for taking the time to nominate this extraordinary nurse. Please provide your contact information so we can include you in the award celebration if your nominee is chosen.

Date of Nomination
I am (Please choose one):

If Staff, please provide:

Work Location:

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)

April 2017

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

May 2016

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)

February 2016

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).

September 2015

Proud recipients of the DAISY Award! Gemma Acevedo, RN, Labor & Delivery Unit; Carmela Ulgado, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; Janette Santoya, RN, Intensive Care Unit