2014 DAISY Award Recipient



Carrington Health Center

Nurses at Carrington Health Center were honored with the third annual DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses during National Nurses Week. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.

The 2014 award recipient is Bernadine Anderson. Bernadine was nominated for her exemplary care given to patients. Bernadine was one of eight nominees from Carrington Health Center and Foster County Medical Center: Karen Munkeby, Susan Bickett, Deana Uehran, Kristy Konschak, Charlotte Bachmeier, Pearl DuBourt, and Jessica Linderman.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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 unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Annually, a nurse is selected by Carrington Health Center’s Quality Sub-Board Committee for the DAISY award. The committee is comprised of community members, Board of Directors representatives, designated hospital employees for quality assurance and Administration. At a presentation given in front of Carrington Health Center staff and visitors, Anderson received a certificate commending her 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 is also 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 DAISY Award attendees to recognize everything nurses do for their patients and families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Carrington Health Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”


Said Chief Nursing Officer Chris Schroeder, “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. Given the current national nursing shortage, The DAISY Award could not be provided at a better time. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”