The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Allegiance Health is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing our nurses with this special honor every month.

Each DAISY Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit. To nominate a nurse, please complete this form.

May DAISY Award Winners

Ed Riehle, RN, Progressive Care Unit

Ed exemplifies everything a nurse attempts to achieve in their career.  He deserves recognition for his clinical skill, knowledge, humor, and loving, compassionate care.  Ed is a patient advocate who provides superb patient/family centered care, making him an outstanding role model.

Vanessa Abi-Saab, RN, ED

When a young child presented to the Emergency Department in distress, Vanessa designated herself to the needs of the family.  She explained what was happening, giving the parents comfort in a time of great need.  Then, Vanessa offered to sit with the patient’s sibling so the family could focus on the needs of their ill child. This is just one example of Vanessa’s compassion and kindness.  She continually impacts the lives of her patients and their family members.  

Previous Winners

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, Patrick’s family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him, but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Patrick’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.

To learn more about the program, please visit DAISYfoundation.org.

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