A new program at Hammond-Henry Hospital will recognize nurses for their daily efforts.

A new program at Hammond-Henry Hospital will recognize nurses for their daily efforts.

Nominated nurses at Hammond-Henry will be honored with The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

According to Elyse Wolf, emergency department manager and DAISY Award organizer at Hammond-Henry, the award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize nurses’ efforts.

The award at Hammond-Henry is co-sponsored by the Hospital Foundation.

Nurses from all departments at the hospital may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues and are chosen by a committee to receive The DAISY Award.

Nomination forms are available at the hospital and boxes for the forms are located at several places at the hospital, and nomination forms also may be mailed to the hospital at marked The DAISY Program, 600 North College Ave., Geneseo.

Awards are given at presentations twice each year when the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors are invited. The first program winner at Hammond-Henry will be announced in July.

Each nurse honored will receive a certificate commending her or him as an “extraordinary nurse,” and a sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Wolf said, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999, at age 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.