GRMC to offer nationally-recognized DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

GRMC to offer nationally-recognized DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

April 2, 2018 (Oakland, MD) – Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) will join the growing network of 2,000 healthcare organizations across the nation that offer the DAISY Award program for Extraordinary Nurses®.  The award program was created by the Daisy Foundation with the mission of recognizing the extraordinary, compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day.


“We are proud to be first healthcare organization within our region to participate in The DAISY Award program,” says Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at GRMC. “We’re joining the majority of healthcare organizations in Maryland that are already participating. At Garrett Regional Medical Center we strive to recognize all of our employees for a job well done. The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to recognize those nurses who go the extra mile to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.”


The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique award that thanks nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and the patients’ families.


Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. Forms are available on GRMC’s website at A selection committee at Garrett Regional Medical Center will honor an award recipient each quarter.  The inaugural award ceremony for the DAISY award at GRMC will take place during the week of May 6, National Nurses Week.  Honorees receive a certificate of commemoration as an “Extraordinary Nurse,” a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture that represents a healer’s touch.


“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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do,” says Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.  “The kind of work the nurses at Garrett Regional Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”


In addition to the DAISY Award, the DAISY Foundation offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects gives 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