The DAISY award was started in 1999 in honor of Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33, due to complications of the auto-immune disease ITP. The one positive thing the Barnes family held onto during Patrick's 8 week illness was the amazing care he and all the family received from his nurses.
The Barnes family believes nurses are unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition than they receive. They started the DAISY (Disease Attacking the Immune System) award to say thank you to all nurses who go above and beyond to care for their patients and families.
The BEE award was established in 2016 by the nurses at UofL Health - Jewish Hospital to recognize the members of our staff that go Beyond Exceptional Expectations. The nursing staff wanted to show appreciation and acknowledgement of the exceptional professionals within our organization who go above and beyond to make impacts outside their daily duties. Just as the Daisy can not survive without the Bee, the nurses can not survive without the outstanding teamwork provided by other health care professionals.
Our goal as a committee is to grow recognition for our nurses/staff throughout the hospital and celebrate the wonderful work and selfless, compassionate care our team provides everyday. We meet monthly to read through the nominations submitted and select a monthly DAISY and BEE Honoree and runner up Nominees. Council highlights are the award ceremonies and DAISY/BEE day during health care week. Additionally, we work to build more awareness to create a better celebration of our honoree/nominees and look to engage departments into recognizing each nomination, so every staff member can be impacted.
We invite all staff members of UofL Health - Jewish Hospital to join the DAISY/BEE committee to bring multiple departments/perspectives together. If you enjoy celebrating recognition, this is the committee for you and we would love to have you join and hear your ideas to grow the program. For more information please contact Jamie Maurer, chair, or Connie Devine, advisor.
Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the 9th floor Frazier Conference room.