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:

Melinda West, Patient Care Services Clinical Manager

Mel's Nominations:

(1) Mel is my manager. She is by far the best manager I have EVER had. She is always 10 steps ahead of everyone, making sure to be proactive and ahead of schedule. As well, she is beyond kind and selfless. Even though she has her own life to take care of she sees the needs and burdens of others and strives to care for them to the best of her ability. Mel is always checking schedules and if you missed a punch or something is off on your time card you better believe she is already looking at it and getting a hold of you. I’ve had a few rough months with family emergencies and Mel has taken the time out of her day to make sure I am getting the help I need so I can be with family. I appreciate her more than she knows!

(2) Melinda has previous experience with floor nursing and understands the duties/elements of the job. She creates a well-functioning department by communication via email, walk throughs and availability in her office for private conversations. She encourages continued education of staff and helps promote cross training to other areas in the dept. i.e.; dialysis, chemotherapy, pediatrics, and end of life patients. She serves as a liaison between staff and administration to make sure our needs or concerns are met. She is devoted hard working manager who is an amazing mentor. Although, I have heard she is retiring it will be a loss to the hospital but she is deserving of recognition for all she has done for me as a nurse and the dept. as a team leader.  She took the opportunity to give me a chance at employment without current hospital experience and believed in me; as well as others in the same situation. She see's others potential. I value our work friendship.

Past Winners:

  • Kara Sharrai, Post Surgical Unit (PSU) Nurse
  • Samantha Zilz, Wound Clinic 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

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 need to nominate your nurse. Other ideas 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:

Phone: 541-267-8347
Email: [email protected] 

Please preface your email or phone call to let Shayla know that you are making a DAISY Award nomination. If you would like to fill out, print, and mail in a form, the form can be found here. Please mail these to: Bay Area Hospital, Attn: Shayla Stidham, 1775 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

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

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