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. 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 2021 winner is:

Tina Winfrey

Tina is an RN for Home Health. When she visited for the first time, she immediately stood out to my husband and me because she wanted to know all the details of what we had been through. My husband got cancer two years ago and it made him permanently blind. Tina was caring and compassionate as she listened to difficulties we had associated with a complete stem cell transplant my husband received at OHSU. My husband’s cancer, blindness, and the difficulties we went through have been extremely traumatic to us.

When it was time to leave she told us a different nurse would be taking over as nurse on our case because Home Health had mistakenly sent her, not knowing we were not in her geographic coverage area. After all the Dr.’s and nurses we’ve been through the last 2 years with OSHU, Bay Area Cancer Center, and Bay Area Hospital, the thought of starting over again with a new nurse (particularly because of how much were appreciating connecting with someone who obviously cared explained and listened), just started our anxiety all over again. She recognized how deeply it was affecting us and said she would go back and talk to Home Health to see if there was any way she could continue to care for us. She fought for us and the boost it gave to our morale and how it helped our fear and anxiety was definitely extraordinary. We got to keep Tina and she went above and beyond to help us through the numerous feeding tube issues, explaining medications and terms to us as well as advocating on our behalf. She recognized the difficulty it was, with my husband’s blindness and low blood counts, to keep going in weekly for lab draws at the cancer center. She contacted them and arranged to keep us from additional trips by drawing labs on her visits and moving her visit dates.

My husband’s condition has required multiple trips for transfusions and infusions, and the amount of different health care workers we’ve encountered through these last two years has to be numbered in the hundreds. Tina stands out as the most exemplary nurse we have had. Her genuine care and concern saved us so much fear and anxiety, which has aided my husband on getting back on his feet. Th sincerely hope she is considered for this honor, she is so deserving. There are certain individuals you encounter in your lifetime that make life-changing impressions on you. Tina has been one of those people in our life and came at a time we were feeling discouraged and hopeless. She accepted and loved our pet dog, Daisy. on each visit, so the DAISY Award is such a fitting name for this award!

Past Winners

  • 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 Shayla Stidham, 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 Land, 1775 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

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