The DAISY Award Comes to Friends!

PHILADELPHIA, PA—May 10, 2016—This week, Friends Hospital, the nation’s oldest private psychiatric hospital, officially launched The DAISY Award as part of its celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2016) and Hospital Week (May 8-14, 2016). The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by some members of the family of Patrick Barnes. He died at the age of 33 of complications of ITP. Like many families that nurses see every day who go through this kind of horrific loss, the Barnes family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive that would honor the very special man Patrick was. So, as they say, over a very “liquid” dinner right after Pat’s death, they came up with DAISY – an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

As a result of their experience, The Barnes family believes that nurses are unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor than they receive. They decided to find a way to go around the country and say thank you to nurses, and created the DAISY AwaDAISY Daisyrd for Extraordinary Nurses. What started out as a thank you from their family to the nurses who took care of Patrick, has grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world.

“Friends Hospital has extraordinary psychiatric nurses and mental health technicians who work alongside them helping to improve the lives of our mental health patients and their families by providing compassionate care. So today, we are proud to officially announce that Friends Nursing joins the over 2,200 healthcare facilities in all 50 United States plus 14 other countries, committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award,” says Belkys Teodor-Mazilu, MHA, BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Friends Hospital.

The DAISY Award Coordinator for Friends Hospital and co-chair of Friends Service Excellence Committee, Erin Dougherty, adds “Kindness, respect and compassion are at the heart of what Friends Nurses and mental health technicians do every day, so we are proud to bring DAISY award to Friends to honor our nursing teams.”

Each month, a nursing staff will be selected by Friends Hospital’s Service Excellence Committee to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to

The DAISY Award is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at



Pictured: From right, Erin Dougherty, DAISY Coordinator for Friends, and Belkys Teodor-Mazilu, MHA, RN, CNO, with staff nurses Khiry Carter, RN, and Malika Abdurakhmanova, RN during DAISY Rounds Kick-off at Friends Hospital.


Daisy Rounds

Pictured from left: Erin Dougherty, DAISY Coordinator for Friends, staff nurse Clara Ramirez, RN, and Belkys Teodor-Mazilu, MHA, RN, CNO, during the DAISY Rounds Kick-off at Friends Hospital.