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Recognize an excellent nurse


Nominate an extraordinary nurse for The DAISY Award

About The DAISY Award:

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the autoimmune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, the Barnes family deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. Please say thank you by sharing your story of how a nurse made a difference you will never forget!

Learn more about The DAISY Foundation here.

Each DAISY Award Honoree at Skiff will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive:

  • a beautiful certificate;
  • a DAISY Award pin; and
  • a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.

Additionally, everyone in the honoree’s unit will celebrate with cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.


All Skiff Medical Center nurses who exemplify our Mission, Values, and demonstrate our Vision of providing a Remarkable Skiff Experience are eligible to be nominated. DAISY Award honorees are nurses who provide compassionate and remarkable care while demonstrating clinical excellence.  Anyone – patients, patients’ family members, staff members, physicians, visitors and volunteers – are welcome to nominate an extraordinary nurse for this honor.

Ways to submit a nomination:

Forms are available at various locations throughout our building or by clicking here. Nomination forms can be:

  • Submitted to any nursing staff member;
  • Mailed to: Phyllis McDonald, Skiff Medical Center, 204 N. 4th Ave. E., Newton, IA 50208

Questions? E-mail: pmcdonald@skiffmed.com.

Skiff Medical Center
204 N. 4th Ave E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
Phone: (641) 792-1273
Toll-free: (888) 792-1273

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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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