DAISY Awards

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award was introduced in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who survived Hodgkin’s disease twice before being diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. Patrick’s family wanted to recognize the care and compassion of Patrick’s nurses during his last weeks of life. The award recognizes extraordinary care by nurses across the nation. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital nurses are nominated by patients, families and colleagues to receive DAISY Awards in recognition of exceptional care. Individual nurses are selected for the award each quarter and a nursing team is honored annually.


Meet Our Recent Group DAISY Award Honorees!

Neuro Intensive Care Unit


Meet Our Recent Individual DAISY Award Honorees!

Miranda McLemore, BSN, RN, CCRN

Neuro Intensive Care Unit

“Miranda had helped clean her up, shaved her legs so she felt like a girl again, and even took her to the lobby to watch the sunset.”


Nikki Maresco, BSN, RNC

Labor and Delivery

“Nikki is truly an angel and made a tragic situation bearable with her kindness.”


Matt Caron, RN

CARE Unit

“Matt Caron immediately knew how to convey just the right amount of compassion with friendly interaction to put us at ease.”


Kathleen Saunders, BSN, RN

Labor and Delivery

“My parents couldn’t be present during parts of my delivery, but Kathleen stepped in and never left my side.”


Genia Brandenburg, BSN, RN, CCTC

Renal Transplant

“Her loving words of hope and the action she took helped me live again and it spread to others in my life that needed my comfort and help.”