Tampa Community Hospital September 18, 2018

Tampa, FL - Tampa Community Hospital is proud to announce that Devin Healy, RN, is the recipient of the second quarter DAISY Award. This is the first time a Tampa Community Hospital nurse has received it. "I cannot say enough thank you's for all the contributions Devin Healy has made to our patients, their families, and our entire nursing team at Tampa Community Hospital," said hospital CNO Susan Laber, RN, CPHQ, FACHE.

What is the DAISY Award?

Members of the family of Patrick Barnes established the DAISY Foundation in 1999. He was 33 years old and died of complications of the autoimmune disease ITP. The Barnes family wanted to do something positive to honor the very special man that Patrick was, so they came up with DAISY - an acronym for Diseases Attaching the Immune System.

As the family brainstormed what the DAISY Foundation would do, they kept going back to the one positive thing they held on to during Patrick's eight-week illness:

The extraordinary care he received from his nurses. The family was impressed with the clinical care he was given, but really overwhelmed by the compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to his bedside day in and day out.

This made such an impact and to all their experience they wanted to say Thank You to nurses for the extraordinary care they provide to patients and families every day. So, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created!

What started out as a thank you from their family to nurses as grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world. Tampa Community Hospital is very proud to partner with DAISY to honor extraordinary nurses!

The DAISY award winner receives:

Healer's Touch Sculpture - a hand carved sculpture by artists in Zimbabwe and signed by one of the many Shona artists that the DAISY Foundation supports. The economy and politics of Zimbabwe have been in turmoil for decades and the artists are now able to support hundreds of people in their families with this work.

Cinnamon Rolls for the team - Why cinnamon rolls?

  1. It was the only thing that Patrick ate - a whole cinnamon roll after he lost his appetite. The foundation wants all nurses to share in his favorite treat as a gift of gratitude to all the members of the nursing team.
  2. Nursing is a TEAM sport, so the cinnamon rolls are to celebrate the team and give nurses the opportunity to stop for a few minutes and share something special together.
  3. When a nurse receives the DAISY Award, the humble response is, "I didn't do anything special, I was just doing my job." What the DAISY Nurse may not realize, however, is that when nurses are "just doing their job", and "not doing anything special," you are making a positive difference in a patient's life as well as their families.

The DAISY Pin - When Patrick's stepmother noticed the great tradition that nurses have for pins, she created the DAISY pin for the award winner to have and wear proudly.

Devin and his team were cited by a patient who said, "Kudos to all the nurses on 3 North for a job well done, kindness, taking the time to listen to me, talk with me and not at me and treating me with dignity and respect…just when I thought I could not possibly have anyone administer better care to me, the ultimate epitome of a nurse walked in. This human being is so incredibly versed in all areas of nursing and the human condition that it blows my mind. I have the utmost respect, gratitude, appreciation and privilege to have him on my team."

PHOTOS: Hospital CNO Susan Laber holds the award with Devin Healy and Theresa Alfano, Floor Director, places the pin on Devin.