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DAISY founder stops in Sioux City to thank nurses for compassionate care

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The winners of the DAISY award get a certificate and a trophy. The winners of the DAISY award get a certificate and a trophy.

If you've ever had a loved one who's sick, you've probably wanted to ensure they get the best care possible.

Melissa Barnes, one of the founders of the DAISY award program, was in Sioux City. The award is given to nurses for their compassionate patient care.

Hospitals across the globe, including Mercy Medical Center, give out the award each month. To say thank you, Barnes will visit 20 Iowa hospitals this week.

Barnes says sometimes nurses don't even realize just how special they are to their patients.

"Almost everyone has their own personal story, their own nurse encounter. And I think just having an ability to say thank you to nurses was something that I think patients, family members, and nurses themselves were really looking for," said Melissa Barnes, regional director for DAISY.

Barnes and her family, started the DAISY award foundation after her brother-in-law Patrick died from complications of ITP in 1999.

The foundation is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

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