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Share Your Story of an Extraordinary Nurse

Do you have an experience of receiving extraordinary care from a nurse at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH)? If so, please share your story with us.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the first DAISY Award honoree at SPCH. 

The DAISY is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. His parents created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award as a way of saying a public “thank you” to nurses like those who cared for Barnes.

Nurses can be nominated by anyone who witnesses extraordinary compassionate care by a nurse — patients, family members, other nurses, clinicians, volunteers and hospital staff. Submissions, without names attached, will be reviewed by SPCH’s five-member DAISY Award Committee, who will select the award honoree. The award winner will be announced in a special celebration on Thursday, May 9.

While one nurse receives the DAISY Award, all nominated nurses will be celebrated that day, said Christine Henson, manager of SPCH’s Outpatient Treatment Center. Henson also chairs the award committee.

“We will receive a lot of great stories about some very special people, and all those stories will be shared during the celebration,” said Henson, who has participated in DAISY celebrations at other hospitals where she worked. “It really is one of the highlights of the celebration — to hear inspiring stories about people we work with every day.”

The DAISY winner will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Additionally, everyone in the nurse’s unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls, which was a favorite of Patrick’s.

“Nurses work hard for their patients every day, and often go above and beyond in extraordinary ways,” said Henson. “This award is just one special way to say thank you to our nurses for the special care they give to our patients.”

To nominate a nurse, send your story via email at or by regular mail to DAISY Award SPCH, ATTN: Christine Henson, 930 SW Abbey Street, Newport, OR 97365.