DAISY Award honorees personify Jefferson Regional Medical Center's remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and they are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

What Is The DAISY Award?
The DAISY Award is a nationwide program presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Jefferson Regional Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award hospital partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled ‘A Healer’s Touch.’ Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls—a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of hospital partners, please go to DAISYfoundation.org

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees may nominate a deserving nurse (ARNP, RN, LPN) for this award. This nurse’s clinical skill and especially her/his compassionate care, exemplify the kind of nurse that patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model.
Nominations received by the 15th of the month will be considered for the following month’s DAISY Award. Please direct your questions to daisyaward@jrmc.org or GiGi Flory at (870) 541-7774.

You may nominate a nurse using one of following options.

1) Filling out the Online Nomination Form. This form will be emailed directly to our JRMC Daisy Coordinator.
2) By downloading and completing this Printable Nomination Form. This printed nomination form should be returned to a nursing station, the JRMC Nursing Administration office, or the JRMC main lobby reception desk upon completion.

Jefferson Regional Medical Center's DAISY Award criteria include:

Compassionate Care

  • The nurse makes a special connection with the patient and/or family member(s).
  • The nurse demonstrates extraordinary care to the patient and family through development of mutual trust, respect, and emotional support.
  • The nurse establishes a calm, focused communication partnership with the patient and family by listening, comforting, and involving them in healthcare decisions.

Clinical Excellence
  • The nurse encourages professional development by generating enthusiasm and energy toward meeting nursing challenges.
  • The nurse shows exceptional collaboration with the healthcare team through teaching, education, and the planning of care.
  • The nurse actively pursues innovative practices in nursing.


Congratulations to Diana Baxter-Muhammad, RN of JRMC Rehab, JRMC's newest recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses!

Diana received nominations from two former patients, both of whom showed up to share in the celebration, and there were plenty of hugs and tears to go around. Debora Hudspeth spoke about Diana’s compassion and professional attitude. Donald Massey said Diana “represents the best of professional care and personal service.” "

Thank you Diana for sharing your gifts with our community and representing JRMC so well!


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