The DAISY Award

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memor of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease.  The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nuses who cared for Patrick so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.  The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, presented by the DAISY Foundation, honors the work nurses do for patients and families every day.  Ths award is presented each year to a deserving nurse.  Nurses are nominated by patients, families, colleagues, physicians and other staff.  To nominate a nurse, fill out this form and return it to the Administration office at Mercy Medical Center-Centerville or put the addressed form in the mail. 

2018 DAISY Award Winner
Mendy Kratofil, RN

Mendy's nominations had a common theme: " Mendy consistently shows care and compassion for her patients, she is a voice of positive encouragement and she exuberates genuine enthusiasim for her job". On April 14th at the Live Healthy Run, it was by all reports a miseable day weather wise, but Mendy along with approximately sixty other running ethusiasts were there to do what they love - run. She finished in first place. A co-worker noticed Mendy running back along the route -she thought to the car to get out of the elements..but that was not the case. Mendy ran back to finish the race with one of her cardiac rehab patients who was participating in her first ever 5K run. They finished arm in arm. This was a Mercy LiveUp moment without question!