The first award recipient is Delane Arnold RN, Perinatal Services who was nominated by her peers for being an extraordinary nurse. Delane first came to Twin Cities Community Hospital on a 9 month contract in 2005. In 2009 she and her husband Jay choose the north county and Twin Cities Community Hospital as their permanent home. The decision was an easy one due to her fond memories of the patients, staff and physicians in the OB department.
Delane received the DAISY Award because of her enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing. Her passion for nursing is recognized by patients, peers and physicians. Because of this passion, and her commitment to the art of nursing, she was chosen as the first recipient of the Twin Cities Community Hospital DAISY award.
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.
Each quarter, a nurse will be selected by a committee of peers’ at Twin Cities Community Hospital 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.
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 Twin Cities Community Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Chief Nursing Officer Paula Moore says, “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org. For information about Twin Cities Community Hospital, please visit www.twincitieshospital.com or contact Jason Chang, Director of Business Development, at jason.chang@