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IU Health Tipton Hospital Recognizes Extraordinary Nurses with DAISY Award Program

An IU Health Tipton Hospital Release

—Tipton, Ind. - Nurses at IU Health Tipton Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. The Award at IU Health Tipton Hospital is sponsored by the IU Health Tipton Hospital Foundation.
The Spring 2017 award recipient is Melody Barnett. Melody is a nurse on our Medical/Surgical unit. She was nominated by a patient’s family after providing their loved one compassionate and gentle care. They said she quickly became one of their favorite nurses and rested easier knowing she was there caring for their loved one. Along with the patient’s family, IU Health Tipton Hospital also is very grateful for the role Melody serves here at our hospital.

IU Health Tipton Hospital would also like to congratulate all of the nurses that were nominated for the Spring 2017 DAISY award: Brian Arwood, Melissa Baxter-Standridge, Lacey Cole, Lacquita Hobbs, Allison Jarvis, Kelcy Leiding, Corrynn Mix, Heidi Needler, Carol Ann Shadday, Pam Silvey, Missy Stahl and Cassie Wert.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif. and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. 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.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Twice a year, a nurse will be selected by a Selection Committee composed of community members to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night," said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation. "Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at IU Health Tipton Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

The Staff Nurse Council at IU Health Tipton Hospital has worked on the details to bring the program to Tipton. IU Health Tipton Hospital will continue to accept nominations for our Fall 2017 DAISY Award recipient. Nomination forms will be located in the waiting rooms of the hospital, or an electronic copy may be requested by calling Crissy Proffitt at 765.675.8107 or by email at Patients, visitors, staff, and physicians are invited to participate in nominating a nurse that has made a difference in their lives. We highly recommend using the space provided on the form to tell your story of how the nurse impacted you or your loved one.

For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, visit

Pictured, from left: Mike Harlowe, President; Joellen Scott, Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services; Melody Barnet, DAISY Award Recipient; Mike Harper, MD; Deb Bennett, RN, Medical/Surgical & ICU Coordinator.

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