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Memorial Medical Center (MMC) unveiled The Daisy Wall Aug. 25 at the hospital, 2450 S. Telshor Blvd. The wall was created to recognize “the compassionate care of nurses” at MMC.
The wall’s centerpiece is artwork titled “DaiZia” by Las Cruces artist Cynthia De Lorenzi, which “connects the award’s daisy symbol with the Zia, an iconic symbol for the state of New Mexico and the Pueblo tribes,” MMC said.
De Lorenzi attending the wall’s unveiling, along with MMC staff, including past DAISY award winners.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day, MMC said.
MMC presents DAISY awards to its nurses throughout the year, based on nominations from patients, families and physicians.
The DAISY Wall “honors nurses who care for patients,” said Holly Wilber, RN, who is MMC’s DAISY award coordinator. Awards are presented based on recommendations “from patients and family members in our care,” she said.
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was founded 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 the award.
Nurses may be nominated for a DAISY award by patients, families and physicians. Recipients are chosen by an MMC committee.