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The DAISY Award goes to - Four Nurses


The DAISY Award is awarded to four Nurses for their acts which went much their normal call of duty.

Four nurses from VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Systems were conferred the DAISY award for their acts which went much beyond their call of duty. The awards were presented to them by the DAISY Foundation along with UnitedHealthCare.

Tony Lonigro, the CEO of Southwest Region, UnitedhealthCare Military & Veterans along with Melissa Barnes, the Vice President of the DAISY Foundation presented, Melody David, of Hawthorne California, the first DAISY award. Along with it she received a certificate commending her for being an “ “Extraordinary Nurse” to her veteran patients. To be specific, the certificate reads as follows: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The following is an excerpt from Melony David’s nomination form written by a veteran: “Her care of my father has been exceptional since his transfer. Her communication with my family and myself regarding my dad’s health/recovery has been above and beyond the call of duty.”

Leola Williams, RN, from Culver City, California was another winner of the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System DAISY Award. Her nomination form read as: “She is deserving of this award because most of all, she is a veteran herself! She has contributed so much to improve the quality of care for our veterans for over 25 years. She is a leader, a true patient advocate, and she is extraordinary.”

Andrea Lenertz, RN, of Los Angeles, California, was also honoured with the prize. Her nomination form read as follows: “I would like to recognize this nurse for her exemplary performance and dedication to the care of veterans. Our team values her clinical expertise and system stewardship. Her patients speak highly of her ability to ‘get them through’ a highly complex health care system at the VA.”

Lastly, the fourth and final VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System DAISY Award winner was Yvette Anderson, RN, of Altadena, California. Her nomination form read as: “She takes charge to ensure that our clinic is running smoothly. She goes out of her way to help all the physicians including rotating students. She is always able to handle multiple tasks at once and is diligent at delivering the best quality of patient care. Most important, she is compassionate and dedicated to our patients.”

The DAISY Foundation award is a recognition of their unique talent and compassion. It positively contributes and helps offset the the acute shortage of nurses nationwide and thanks to it many hospitals have adopted such recognition programs. 

Every month, nurses are selected by their peers as well as nursing administrators and names are nominated from each one of them for the DAISY Award. 

The DAISY Award was established by family members of J. Patrick Barnes who passed away at the tender age of 33, in 1999, due to complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.