Introducing The Daisy Foundation
Northridge Hospital Medical Center proudly participates in this extraordinary program to acknowledge the extraordinary care rendered by our nurses! We appreciate you every day! We sincerely appreciate our wonderful nurses at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
One of the many ways we say “thank you for a extraordinary job” is to honor tnurses through the Daisy Foundation. Each month a registered nurse is selected by her peers as an RN who exemplifies the kind of nurse that the public as well as Nursing, Medicine and Allied Health Professionals recognize as an outstanding role model.
Daisy Winners (left to right):
Yvonne Huong, RN, Christina Choondakaran, RN, Angela Levine, RN, Kaitlyn Ditlove,
Written ballots are received and reviewed by a committee and a winner is selected based upon the write up received but also selected by highly valued qualities and attributes (interpersonal skills, assessment skills, decision-making capabilities, clinical skills, ability to educate patients and their families, consistent use of nursing process in patient care, consistent focus on meeting patient and family goals, empathy in all situations, collaboration with physicians, peers and allied health professionals).
The winner is honored with a framed certificate pronouncing him/her as an “Extraordinary Nurse”, a certificate for two for dinner at Outback Restaurant, a luxurious one-hour massage with Burke Williams, a special parking spot, a big bunch of Daisies, a write-up in the Hospital newsletter, Cinnabons for the entire unit and a portrait which is displayed in the Wall of Fame. This ceremony is conducted on the winners unit with his/her staff and manager in attendance and is presented by our CNE, with Administrative Staff, Board member(s) and staff present.
The DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attaching the Immune System. It was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Everyone who met Patrick even once was touched by his positive spirit and his sense of humor.
Twice a survivor of Hodgkin's Disease, Patrick was driven by a desire to befriend others and help them in any way he could. His legacy was clear; whenever he came across anyone in need, he never turned his back. He reached out to comfort and be a mentor, sharing his phenomenally positive outlook on life with a wide network of friends and family.
The DAISY Foundation was established to keep his very special spirit alive: their mission is to help fight diseases of the immune system like the one that struck Patrick, both from the standpoint of funding medical research and inspiring humanitarian deeds.