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The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Have you received exceptional patient care from a Presbyterian nurse at one of our Albuquerque area hospitals? Nominating them for The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses is a wonderful way to say thank you. The award, which honors nurses for the profound difference they make in the lives of patients and their families, is presented four times a year.

Nomination deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. (Presentations will be held in the middle of the following month.) To nominate a deserving nurse, please complete the online nomination form.

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DAISY Award Winners - 2nd Quarter 2013

In July, we honored two extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award. Congratulations to Julie Baca and Kimbir Jones!


Julie Baca

Kimbir Jones

Past Honorees of Presbyterian’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

DAISY Award honorees personify Presbyterian’s goal to provide each patient with an exceptional experience. These nurses demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They consistently put people first, focusing on the “whole” patient - body, mind and spirit. The honorees below are some of our nursing heroes!

1st Quarter 2013 Honorees

Congratulations to Darlene Dilley, Kayla Harris and Rebecca Jacobson! These three extraordinary nurses were the first quarter DAISY Award honorees in 2013.


Darlene Dilley

Kayla Harris

Rebecca Jacobson

2012 DAISY Honorees

More than 115 extraordinary nurses were nominated by patients, families and staff for the compassionate care they provided to Presbyterian patients in 2012. Our honorees were:

  • Stephanie Abeyta
  • Mary Feely
  • Lynn Fenske
  • Lori Funnell
  • Michelle Gammill
  • Monica Gonzales
  • Pete Herendeen
  • Jarrod McClanahan
  • Maile Ruggles
  • Lisa Schultz
  • Sue Semenczuk
  • Natalie Soto
  • Donna Warren
  • Robin Weber

What is the DAISY Award?

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999, after the death of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died of ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura) so DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. During Pat’s eight-week hospitalization, he and his family were awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat, but also to everyone in his family.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created by the Barnes family as a way to say thank you to nurses around the country. They believe nurses are truly "unsung heroes."

Presbyterian Hospital has chosen to partner with the DAISY Foundation because we believe it is extremely important to recognize the wonderful work our nurses do every day. We believe the DAISY Award honorees personify Presbyterian’s goal to provide each patient with an exceptional experience. These nurses demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They consistently put people first, focusing on the “whole” patient - body, mind and spirit. These nurses strive for high performance through excellence, innovation, teamwork and trust.