Iowa Specialty Hospital

Daisy Award

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.

All nurses who are nominated will receive a daisy lapel pin in honor of being recognized.  Quarterly, one nurse will be selected from all nominees as a DAISY Award recipient. This individual will be recognized with a small public ceremony where they are presented with a certificate, DAISY Award signature lapel pin, a hand-carved stone sculpture of A Healer’s Touch, and cinnamon rolls to share with their department. Cinnamon rolls were a comforting favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The sentiment is that whenever a nurse smells that wonderful aroma, he or she stops and think of how special they are because they are a nurse.

To learn more about the DAISY Award Foundation, visit

To nominate, an Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics nurse for the Daisy Award, please use the link below to share your story of how they made a difference you will never forget!

Daisy Award Nomination

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