Carrington History


Exemplary efforts by nurses at Carrington Medical Center are honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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 auto-immune 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.

Annually, a nurse is selected by Carrington Medical Center's Quality Board to receive The DAISY Award. A presentation attended by the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, presents the honoree with a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

A unique addition to the ceremony is the serving of Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls. This results from a day while Patrick was in the hospital, and he asked his family to bring him and all the nurses in his unit Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

Nominations are accepted for Carrington Medical Center Hospital and Clinic nursing staff to be considered in the DAISY Award process. Nomination forms can be picked up from the nurse’s station in Acute Care or from the Clinic receptionists.

Said Bonnie Barnes, 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 Carrington Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

The DAISY Award program is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups.

2019: Michelle Belile, RN

2018: Haley Lura, RN

2017: Terah Weisenberger, RN

2016: DAISY Awardee Deanna Uehran, RN; Bee Awardee Michelle Freeman, CNA

2015: Michelle Belile, RN

2014: Bernadine Anderson, RN

2013: Angela Kutz, RN

2012: Jodi Hovdenes, RN