MUMC Recognizes Extraordinary Nurses

(November 4, 2009) - Nurses at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the heroic efforts nurses make everyday.

The first MUMC award recipient will be recognized noon on November 6 in the Nursing Center of Excellence on the MUMC campus.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired the award.

Each month, a nurse will be selected by MUMC's nursing administration to receive The DAISY Award. The honoree will receive a certificate and a hand-carved sculpture called A Healer's Touch.

"We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. The DAISY Foundation provides a meaningful way to let our nurses know how much we value them and their work," said Mary Chatman, MSN, R.N., senior vice president and chief nursing officer at MUMC.

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.