Our annual Nursing Excellence Awards offer an opportunity to celebrate the unwavering dedication that NYC Health + Hospitals nurses demonstrate to our patients, thousands of times each day, in every corner of our essential health care system.
Over 8,000 nurses work at NYC Health + Hospitals, advancing values of accountability, collaboration, respect for the patient’s unique voice and viewpoint, altruism, and compassion. No one champions or embodies these values more than this year’s Nursing Excellence honorees. We express our gratitude to them – and all our nurses – for the skill, professionalism, caring, and compassion they provide for our patients every day.
Bonnie and Mark Barnes founded the DAISY Foundation and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses following the death of their son, Patrick, from the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). The nursing care they experienced during Pat’s 8-week hospitalization compelled them to express their gratitude to nurses everywhere for the clinical skill and the compassionate care nurses provide every day. Under Bonnie and Mark’s leadership, the DAISY Foundation funds grants focused on treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer. The DAISY Award is celebrated in over 2,700 healthcare facilities and colleges of nursing in all 50 United States plus 16 other countries.