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 most recent 2022 winner is Marsia Thamy, a registered nurse in our Post Surgical Unit.

Marsia Thamy
Marsia Thamy

I am a sixty-seven year old woman. I have never had surgery before or been in a hospital. (Except when I was born of course!) So, I was bit anxious about a having a total knee replacement. Every member of your hospital staff was amazing, kind, considerate, and patient. Having that said, I would like to acknowledge Marsia specifically. Marsia is a jewel. She made me feel so cared for. I had many questions. “What is this piece of equipment for? What is the difference between OT and PT? Why are you measuring my urine output? And on and on… She took the time to explain and answer my questions in a way that didn’t make me feel intimidated. She is very open and kind and truly treated me with tender, loving care.

What could have been a very traumatic experience was actually quite pleasant. Please except a HUGE thank you from me Marsia for the great care! And another thank you to all the staff at BAH that helped with my care and comfort, you are all rock stars!

Past Winners

  • 2022
    • Shayla Campbell, RN
    • Sue Mathews, RN
    • Tina Winfrey, 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 Coordinator:

Phone: 541-269-8042

Please preface your email or phone call to let Kayla 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: Kayla Weatherston, 1775 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

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