Coos Bay, May 22, 2020: Nurses at Bay Area Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses this month, National Nurses Month, and every month. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.  

The non-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Bay Area Hospital awarded their first nurse back in 2016 with the DAISY Award when the hospital became a DAISY Partner. 
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion. The DAISY Award is for nurses who go above and beyond, and who are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues; winners are chosen by a committee of peers at Bay Area Hospital to receive the award. 
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 Bay Area Hospital 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 The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that,” said Shayla Stidham, DAISY Program Coordinator at Bay Area Hospital.  
The DAISY Award is an initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, the DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. 
For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to  
To make a DAISY Award nomination, please contact Shayla Stidham, Bay Area Hospital’s DAISY Program Coordinator by calling 541-267-8347, or by emailing and prefacing your call or email to let Shayla know that you are making a DAISY Award nomination.
Bay Area Hospital improves the health of our community every day and offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic services spanning medical, surgical, pediatric, critical care, home health, outpatient and acute psychiatric, oncology, obstetrical, and other specialties.