Largo Medical Center February 21, 2018

Mayon Ashton, RN, BSN, BC, Manager, Largo Medical Center, Medical Surgical Post-Op Care Unit

Nurses at Largo Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The first award recipient is Mayon Ashton, RN, BSN, BC, Manager, Largo Medical Center, Medical Surgical Post-Op Care Unit.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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 (ITP), a little known but not uncommon 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.

"Anyone may thank a deserving nurse by nominating them for this award," said Brenda Simpson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Largo Medical Center. "Then the nurse who is chosen to win The Daisy Award each month is voted on by a committee of nurses at our hospital." The awards are presented monthly throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse's colleagues. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being 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." The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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 work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Largo Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

"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," said Simpson.

To nominate a Largo Medical Center nurse for The DAISY Award, fill out the online form.