Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses at - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses at

May 7, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         

Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:    (716) 862-8753; Cell: (716) 512-9338



Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses at
VA Western New York Healthcare System With The DAISY Award


BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Nurses at VA Western New York Healthcare System (VA WNYHS) will be honored over the next several months with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. This special award designation, selected monthly for a deserving VA WNYHS Nurse, will support the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary and compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) 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. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
VA WNYHS Nurses may be nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a nursing committee at VA WNYHS. Awards are then presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
The kind of work the nurses at VA WNYHS are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award. This is just one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. VA WNYHS Nurses can be nominated at