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The Daisy Award

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, Patrick's family was touched by the care his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in his family. It was because of this compassion that the family created the DAISY Award in Pat's memory - to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in patients' lives.

Our DAISY Award honorees demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care. They are recognized as role models in our nursing community. Whittier Hospital Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, and we will recognize nurses with this special honor on a quarterly basis. Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit, and each will receive:

A beautiful DAISY Award certificate
A DAISY Award pin
A hand-carved stone sculpture with the words "A Healer's Touch" inscribed.
In addition, each honoree's unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls - a favorite of Patrick's

To find out more about the DAISY program, please go to

Nomination Form

Congratulations to our DAISY Award Honorees!

Daisy Award Winners! August 2018


Daisy Award honorees Andreana Ho, RN - (DOU Unit); Ryan Mackereth, RN - (Medical Surgical Unit); and Margaret Pang, RN - (ICU Unit)

Daisy Award Winners! August 2017


Congratulations to the recipients of this quarter's Daisy Award! Well-deserved recognition to our dedicated nurses! (left to right) Sylvia Alcantara, RN (Medical Surgical floor), Jacque Toy, RN (Labor & Delivery) and Thien Ta, RN (Direct Observation Unit)

April 2017


Congratulations Honorees! (left to right) Nicole Johanson/Wound Care, Alan Tam/DOU, Ivy Cheung/DOU

4th quarter of 2016

The Daisy Award was presented to Karyn Selvidge RN/Emergency Department, Elisa Ai-Peng Huang RN/Labor and Delivery Department, Minerva "Minnie" Cunanan RN/Medical Surgical floor, pictured above with Chief Nursing Officer Sarkis Vartanian and CEO Richard Castro

May 2016


Meet the most amazing nurses whose practice is known for their kindness and compassion to our patients and their families.

Daisy Award honorees Maria Guerrero, RN - (Medical Surgical Unit), Chris Battung, LVN (Case Management) and Diana Watterson, RN (DOU)

February 2016


Role models in our nursing community for their excellence in clinical expertise and compassionate care!

Daisy Award honorees Nancy Chavez, RN (DOU), Jennifer Ngov, RN (DOU) & Salve Aguilar, RN (Pediatrics Sub Acute).

September 2015


Proud recipients of the DAISY Award! Gemma Acevedo, RN, Labor & Delivery Unit; Carmela Ulgado, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; Janette Santoya, RN, Intensive Care Unit
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