Lowell General Hospital's DAISY Award program recognizes nurses who provide exceptional care for patients. Nurses are nominated by patients based on their demonstration of their clinical skills, caring and compassion, to say thank you.
In May 2022, Lowell General Hospital partnered with the DAISY Foundation to bring a meaningful way for anyone in our community to publicly recognize our nurses. The DAISY Foundation established the DAISY Award® in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to say thank you to nurses everywhere.
Lowell General Hospital’s first DAISY Award® winner is Bonnie Boie, RN, Ostomy Clinic
Here is the DAISY Award Nomination letter:
“I had an emergency surgery in September and woke up with not only an incision, but a ileostomy. I was not mentally or physically prepared for either.
In the hospital I heard I was going to meet the ostomy nurse. Bonnie came in and instantly made me feel better about all the new changes going on with my body.
She helped me learn how to change my ostomy bag and was so patient while she taught me (and my mother who was helping with my recovery) and she never made me feel like I couldn’t do it. She encouraged us every step of the way with positive words and always made sure we understood everything.
All the nurses and aides told me she was amazing and I would love her. Lowell General Hospital is lucky to have a nurse like Bonnie. She really is one of a kind.
Honestly, I am lucky to have been one of her patients. Her kindness will stay with me forever. I am eternally grateful that Bonnie was my nurse. The world needs more Bonnies in it.”
During a surprise celebration for Bonnie on Monday, July 11, the patient who submitted Bonnie’s DAISY Award nomination read the nomination. Lowell General’s CNE Cece Lynch presented Bonnie with her award along with other items to celebrate this incredible recognition.
A special feature of the DAISY celebration is cinnamon rolls, a favorite treat of Patrick Barnes, and a chance for those in attendance to join together to celebrate the nursing team.
The DAISY banner pictured above will stay on Bonnie’s unit until our next DAISY Award celebration. Congratulations, Bonnie!