Nurses at Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The first award recipient is Fiona Ahern, RN, coordinator, Stroke Program. Fiona was honored for showing kindness to a patient who needed to be hospitalized for a long period of time. She would walk the patient outside of the hospital in order for him to get fresh air, as well as bring clothing and food for him from home.

“A small amount of kindness shown to any patient goes a long way, whether it be a meal from home, a pair of pajamas, a walk outside or just a friendly ear to listen with,” said Ahern. “A hospital can be a lonely place so when a patient has no family or friends to support them, I make an effort to provide some of that comfort they’re missing. I think as nurses, we have a responsibility to take that extra step for our patients and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of a team that does just that on a daily basis.”

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The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “The kind of work the nurses at Chilton Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Chilton Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each 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.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Chief Nurse and Operations Officer Dr. Maureen Schneider PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC. “Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org.

About Atlantic Health System 
Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., is an integrated health care delivery system powered by a workforce of 16,000 team members dedicated to building healthier communities. The system is comprised of 350 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Atlantic Health System also supports communities through Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice, and its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System sponsors the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the larger ACOs in the nation, and Optimus Healthcare Partners. 

About The DAISY Foundation
This 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 http://DAISYfoundation.org.