The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family, and is what led them to create The DAISY Foundation. Through the award and other programs, we honor the super-human work nurses do for our patients and families every day. DAISY stands for:

  • Diseases
  • Attacking the
  • Immune
  • SYstem
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Current Winner

Bay Area Hospital is proud to partner with The DAISY Foundation to honor the compassionate care of our extraordinary nurses throughout the year. We have been participating in the global DAISY program since 2016, and have awarded several of our nurses who have been nominated for providing extraordinary acts of compassionate care and clinical excellence every day in their work with our patients.

Our Fall 2023 DAISY Award winner is Skyler Walton, a registered nurse in our Medical Care Unit.


Skyler has taken care of my wife when she was at Bay Area Hospital due to complications she is suffering from chemotherapy. He shows great compassion and care. He is constantly checking on her comfort. Keeping her warm and administering her medicines in a timely manner. She has gone from a liquid diet to soft foods and Skyler has been very patient with her. He offers her the food options she is allowed and assists her in ordering her meals. He is always keeping an eye on her blood pressure and oxygen levels and checks on her pain levels and tries to keep her comfortable. Skyler has a kind manner and listens to her. He checks to see if she needs a refreshment or an extra blanket. When she needs to use the restroom, Skyler is there to help her back and forth and doesn’t leave till she is situated. His kindness is above what I’ve seen in other nurses and Skyler is above and beyond when it comes to patient care. It is both my opinion and that of my family that he is an outstanding nurse. He is a feather in the hospitals hat. Thank you so much for your excellent care, Skyler!

Skyler Walton, RN
Skyler Walton, RN

Past Winners

  • 2023
    • Grace-Ann Nichols, RN
    • Shayla Campbell, RN
  • 2022
    • Sue Mathews, RN
    • Tina Winfrey, RN
    • Marsia Thamy, RN
  • 2021
    • Emily Miller, RN
    • Melinda West, Patient Care Services Clinical Manager
  • 2020
    • Kara Sharrai, Post Surgical Unit (PSU) Nurse
    • Samantha Zilz, Wound Clinic Nurse
  • 2019
    • Angie Webster, Director of Clinical & Professional Development
    • Noah Nicolle, Rapid Evaluation Unit (REU) Nurse
  • 2018 - 2016
    • Karla Sheets, Float Pool Nurse
    • Sandra Lucatero, Emergency Department (ED) Nurse
    • Craig Palen, Post Surgical Unit (PSU) Nurse
    • Rose Goffinet, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse
    • Tricia Smith, Medical Care Unit (MCU) Nurse
    • Michael Evanson, Medical Care Unit (MCU) Nurse
    • Angie Andersen, Case Management and Social Services Supervisor

Make a Nomination

Have you experienced exceptional care while you or a family member were a patient at Bay Area Hospital? Please consider nominating your nurse for the DAISY Award and telling us your story! Please see the examples from previous winners above of the kind of information we need to nominate your nurse. Other ideas include:

  • How did this nurse make a special connection with you?
  • Describe a situation where this nurse went above and beyond
  • Share an example where extraordinary compassion was used

To make a nomination please contact Bay Area Hospital’s DAISY Program Director:


Please preface your email to let Sandra know that you are making a DAISY Award nomination. If you would like to fill out, print, and mail in a form, the form can be found here. Please mail these to: Bay Area Hospital, Attn: Sandra Maddux, 1775 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

For more information about The DAISY Award, please view The DAISY Foundation website here.