Want to thank a special nurse?

Nominate a Special Regional West Medical Center Nurse for a DAISY Award!


What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates excellence in nursing. Established by the DAISY Foundation to recognize and honor the inspiring work that nurses do every day, there are now over 2,500 health care facilities in all 50 states, plus 14 countries, that have committed to recognizing their extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award.

Regional West Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing one exceptional RN or LPN each quarter with this special honor.

DAISY Award recipients personify Regional West’s commitment to outstanding health care services and are recognized as outstanding role models among their fellow nursing professionals. They consistently demonstrate a dedication to excellence through clinical expertise, compassionate patient care, and extraordinary service.

What is the DAISY Foundation?

The DAISY Foundation was created in 2000 to honor the memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. In memory of Patrick, the Barnes family recalled the skilled, compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to say thank you to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program – The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Who can be nominated?

Each quarter, the DAISY Award committee selects one Regional West Medical Center RN or LPN who personifies the following characteristics:

  • Makes a special connection with a patient/family.

  • Has significantly made a difference in the life of a patient.

  • Takes time to educate and include the patient and family during the care process.

  • Is thoughtful, compassionate, and caring in all situations.

  • Goes above and beyond, exceeding expectations every day.


Each award recipient will receive:

  • DAISY Award honoree pin

  • DAISY certificate

  • Healer’s Touch sculpture 

  • A copy of the nomination

  • DAISY bag

  • Celebratory cinnamon rolls for the recipient and his or her department


How to nominate an extraordinary nurse

Patients, visitors, family members, co-workers, and physicians may nominate a deserving RN or LPN by:

  • Printing the nomination form and mail it to the address listed on the form.

  • Filling out a nomination form (found on patient units) and either give to the desk on that unit or mail it to the address listed on the form.


Questions? Contact Pam Engelhaupt, Regional West’s DAISY Award program coordinator, at DAISY.Awards@rwhs.org, or call Becky Nerud in Nursing Services Administration at 308.630.1451.

For more information, go to daisyfoundation.org.