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October 17, 2018

Diane (center) is pictured with other members of the Emergency Department team.

Nurses at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. 

                The DAISY Award recipient for the third quarter is Diane Frohning. Diane was recognized by former PA student, Allie Berichon. Allie noted that Diane was working in the ED when a patient came in with a complaint. Diane was familiar with the patient having cared for him several times in the past. She proceeded to address the patient’s concern, but remembering that he had recently had surgery, decided to take a look at his wound as well. The wound was not healing properly and Diane made sure to clean it well, and even went so far as to locate and alter a pair of scrub pants for him to wear home so the wound would be able to “breathe” better. Throughout the whole visit, Diane was incredibly kind, respectful and showed compassion toward the patient.

                The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  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.

                Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

                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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at CRMH are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

                Said Chief Nursing Officer, Gina Thomas, “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.”                  

                This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude 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. More information is available at