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Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Heart Institute Announce First Daisy Award Nominees and Honoree

Contact: Dawn O'Polka 509-837-1543

(Yakima, WA) – Nurses at Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Heart Institute are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The celebration will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at noon in the Café at Astria Regional Medical Center located at 110 S. 9 thAvenue, Yakima.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee at Astria Regional Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given twice a year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each nominee will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse” as well as a Daisy pin to proudly display on their name tag or scrubs. The Honoree will also be given a certificate that 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”, as well as a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, 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 Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Heart Institute are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued and that the difference they make each day every day, is recognized and appreciated. The DAISY Foundation provides a way for our patients, families, and staff to recognize the difference these nurses make,” said Sara Williamson, Chief Nurse Executive, Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Heart Institute.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. To learn more about The DAISY Foundation visit their website

Posted November 03, 2017


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