John Atha Recognized with Infirmary DAISY Award

John Atha, RN at the Infirmary, was recognized with a DAISY Award for the compassion he showed to a recent patient who was going through a difficult time.

The patient, who had recently moved to get out of an abusive relationship, thanked John for listening and taking the extra steps to make sure she was safe, including advising her to not let her abuser know she was in the hospital.

John “treated me like I was the only one around, and he made me feel safe. I’ll never forget him. I never fill these (nominations) out, but because of him I would fill out a thousand.”

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created the national award to thank nurses everywhere.