The DAISY Program

The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family, and is what led them to create the DAISY Foundation. DAISY stands for:
  • Diseases
  • Attacking the
  • Immune
  • SYstem
Bay Area Hospital is proud to partner with The DAISY Foundation to honor the compassionate care of our extraordinary nurses throughout the year. We have been participating in the global DAISY program since 2016, and have awarded several of our nurses who have been nominated for providing extraordinary acts of compassionate care and clinical excellence every day in their work with our patients. Our most recent 2020 winners is:

Kara Sharrai, RN in Post Surgical Unit (PSU)

Kara's Nomination:

I was hospitalized with complications from my autoimmune disease, Chrohn's.  Although all of the nurses in the unit were helpful, Kara stood out as extraordinary in her commitment to my physical and psychological care and healing. When I expressed concerns about several medications, she went into great detail to explain their uses and side-effects. When I told her that I wished I could understand what medications were being used for Chrohn's nowadays she went to the effort of finding the complete list online and printed it out for me to keep and discuss with my doctor. 

As busy as she was, I found it extraordinary that she could perceive how important this would be for me and to follow through. When I was concerned about how to find a referral for a GI specialist she was able to talk through options with me. When the doctor ordered a new powerful drug for me she listened to all of my concerns and eased my anxiety by letting me know that it was ok to ask questions of the doctor before I started anything. 

By empowering me to participate in my healthcare decisions, Kara eliminated my worries about treatment. She approaches her job with scientific efficiency and a great level of TRUE compassion and understanding of the vulnerability that a patient can feel. She is a gift and a rare one! Thank You!

Past Winners:

  • Kara Sharrai, Post Surgical Unit (PSU) Nurse
  • Angie Webster, Director of Clinical & Professional Development
  • Noah Nicolle, Rapid Evaluation Unit (REU) Nurse
  • Karla Sheets, Float Pool Nurse
  • Sandra Lucatero, Emergency Department (ED) Nurse
  • Craig Palen, Post Surgical Unit (PSU) Nurse
  • Rose Goffinet, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse
  • Tricia Smith, Medical Care Unit (MCU) Nurse
  • Michael Evanson, Medical Care Unit (MCU) Nurse
  • Angie Andersen, Case Management and Social Services Supervisor

Thank your nurse here! 

Have you experienced exceptional care while you or a family member were a patient at Bay Area Hospital? Please consider nominating your nurse for the DAISY Award and telling us your story!
Please see the examples from previous winners above of the kind of information we would need to nominate your nurse. Other examples include:

  • How did this nurse make a special connection with you?
  • Describe a situation where this nurse went above and beyond
  • Share an example where extraordinary compassion was used

To make a nomination, please contact Shayla Stidham, Bay Area Hospital's DAISY Program Coordinator by calling 541-267-8347, or by emailing
[email protected]. Please preface your email or phone call to let Shayla know that you are making a DAISY Award nomination.

For more information about The DAISY Award, please view The DAISY Foundation website here

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