(November 4, 2009) - Nurses at Memorial University Medical
Center (MUMC) are being honored with The DAISY Award For
Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), is part of
the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the heroic efforts
nurses make everyday.
The first MUMC award recipient will be recognized noon on
November 6 in the Nursing Center of Excellence on the MUMC
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen,
California, and was established by family members in memory of J.
Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from
complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a
little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes
and his family received from nurses inspired the award.
Each month, a nurse will be selected by MUMC's nursing
administration to receive The DAISY Award. The honoree will receive
a certificate and a hand-carved sculpture called A Healer's
"We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the
DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. The DAISY
Foundation provides a meaningful way to let our nurses know how
much we value them and their work," said Mary Chatman, MSN, R.N.,
senior vice president and chief nursing officer at MUMC.
To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.