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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 San Juan Regional Medical Center to Honor Extraordinary Nurses

San Juan Regional Medical Center is excited to announce that we are partnering with the DAISY Foundation, an international recognition program, to honor the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. 

The DAISY Foundation stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem, and was formed as a not-for-profit organization by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of complications of an autoimmune disease. The nursing care he received in the hospital profoundly impacted his family, and they created the foundation to honor Patrick’s memory and thank the incredible nurses who do so much for so many people.

“The DAISY award is an award that comes from the heart,” said Suzanne Smith, Chief Nursing Officer at San Juan Regional Medical Center. “It’s a meaningful and powerful way to say thank you to our nurses by celebrating the extraordinary things they do every day.”

We invite our patients and their family members to share their story of how a nurse made a difference that they will never forget. While many nurses will say they were just “doing their job,” the patients and families whose lives they touch know how truly special they are. The DAISY Award nomination form is available on and nominations can be submitted via email to Thank you in advance for sharing your stories with us. We are so proud of the incredible, compassionate nurses at San Juan Regional Medical Center and would love the opportunity to recognize them.

"Nurses regularly give 110% of themselves to their patients. It's rewarding to be personally recognized for our dedication,” said Kathryn O’Keeffe, Certified Nurse Practitioner with San Juan Regional Medical Center’s Hospitalist group and 2016 DAISY Award honoree.    

Say thank you to a nurse today by nominating them for a DAISY Award at We will be accepting nominations July 1 – September 15 for recognition in October.

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