The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

The Daisy Award

Want to Thank Your Nurse for Extraordinary Care?

Nominate a Nurse for The DAISY Award!

Share your personalized story!

DAISY Award Honorees personify Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center’s remarkable patient-centered care experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence by upholding the mission and vision of Sierra Vista, ensuring we provide the highest quality healthcare to the patients we serve.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s eight week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set, in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory, was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

What Is The DAISY Award?

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses on a daily basis. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of Partners, please go to

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, everyone in the unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

How to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians or employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out a nomination form. Forms can be obtained from any nurses’ station, administrative offices, the front desk or by emailing Completed forms can be dropped off directly with administration or emailed (see address below).

Please include the following:

  • Name of nurse you are nominating
  • Unit where the nurse’s personalized story occurred/works
  • A personalized story that clearly demonstrates how this nurse made a meaningful difference in patient care
  • Your name/email/phone
  • Date of nomination
  • Relationship to nurse (ie., colleague, patient, family/friend of patient)

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center

Attn: Daisy Award Review Committee

1010 Murray Avenue

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Nominations received by the 15th of the month will be considered for the following month’s DAISY Award.

If you have any questions, please call (805) 546-5140.