RANSON, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center has named Heather Porter, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, as the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for 2016.

The award was presented to Porter during a recent ceremony held as part of the National Nurses’ Week activities at the hospital. She received a certificate along with a sculpture called "A Healer’s Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.  

The Daisy Award was established nationally to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses at University Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are being honored throughout the year with the DAISY Award. The awards are being sponsored by the University Healthcare Foundation.  

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. 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.

Photo caption: Jefferson Medical Center recently named the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses winner for 2016. Heather Porter, R.N. (center), is shown receiving her award from Denise Carter, R.N. (left), nurse director of the Emergency Department, and Linda Blanc, B.S.N., R.N., administrative director of patient care services.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, University Healthcare Vice President for Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223