Aventura, Florida – Nurses at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center are now being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center announced the inaugural Honorees of The DAISY Award® during Nurses Week on May 14, 2020. Each Honoree received a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse”, a DAISY award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Daisy Award honorees

  • Waldy Alberto, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Diana Ross, Stepdown
  • Joanne Damond - Telemetry

The hospital also recognized DAISY Award Nominees, Diana Bonilla-Soto, Cardiovascular Stepdown and Megan Ed, Intensive Care Unit.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Said Chief Nursing Officer Jesse Gabuat, “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.”

To nominate an Aventura Hospital and Medical Center nurse, visit The Daisy Award page at www.AventuraHospital.com.