October 15, 2020 (Cody, WY) – Nurses at Cody Regional Health are
being honored quarterly in partnership with
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize
the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and
families every day.
The DAISY Award recipients are being recognized for their compassionate,
extraordinary care. The first-ever Cody Regional Health Honoree is Kathy
Mathieu. Her nomination was made by a patient and it reads “She
has all of the DAISY qualities. She cares and talks about any and every
issue I am going through. She has empathy. She has helped me with several
situations like getting nicotine patches through the Quit Line. Giving
me advice and trust. She is very friendly and honest. She has a true love
for nursing because she honestly cares about people. Very selfless. I
love it when she works."
By becoming an Honoree of the DAISY team, Kathy has additional opportunities
for nursing conference scholarships and additional awards. She will receive
international recognition as well as ongoing internal recognition for
her compassionate, extraordinary care.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory
of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age
of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
(ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is
an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award
recipient is chosen by a committee at Cody Regional Health to receive
The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations
attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each
Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary
Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all
you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make
in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award
pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch,
hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation,
"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand
the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night.
Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary,
compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at
Cody Regional Health are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Said Chief Clinical Officer, Keith Ungrund, “We are proud to be among
the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.
Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know
their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for
us to do that.”
In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation
expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over
3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of
direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing
Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and
Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical
missions. More information is available at