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
The DAISY Award logo

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:

Sue Mathews
Sue Mathews

My wife and I first met Sue when I was scheduled for infusion. We were not sure what to expect. She was so friendly and outgoing. She put us at ease with her explanations about what to expect. She did a thorough assessment of all my numerous allergies and health considerations. She came up with a complete treatment plan involving myself and my wife. She made us feel important. Her sense of humor made us more comfortable.

Her compassion and empathy showed us how much she truly cares about her patients. Receiving IV infusions for five days straight was challenging with my limited venous access. On the second day I needed a new IV. Sue coordinated with Cory the ultrasound technician to start the line. The whole process was seamless.

We have been so impressed with how kind Sue has been to us. Her problem solving and time management skills are amazing. My wife and I both RN’s and were so impressed with how Sue interacts with her patients and connects with them. She also coordinates with other members of the team to provide excellent care. She is truly an outstanding nurse.

Past Winners

  • 2021
    • Tina Winfrey, RN
    • 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.