MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s Nurse Work Life Council recently announced that the fifth floor medical/surgical team was the recipient of the DAISY Team Award for 2016.

The DAISY Team Award recognizes that while an idea to achieve better patient and family outcomes may start with one individual, it often takes an entire team to implement successfully. This award is designed to honor collaboration by two or more people, led by a nurse, who identify and meet patient and family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nursing.

The award was presented to the fifth floor nursing team during a recent ceremony at the Medical Center. They received certificates and pins along with a team plaque to display on the unit. The medical/surgical team was nominated for the DAISY Team Award by family members of a patient who were impressed with the compassionate care provided by the staff and their concern for the family’s needs during this difficult time.    

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 individual DAISY Award. The awards are sponsored by the University Healthcare Foundation.  

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, 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: Several members of the fifth floor medical/surgical nursing staff at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center are shown with Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Samantha Richards (far left). The fifth floor team was recently named the 2016 DAISY Team Award winner.

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