We are proud to honor our outstanding nurses with the DAISY Award — an international recognition program that celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide to patients and families every day.
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this award to say thank-you to nurses everywhere.
Is there a Johns Hopkins Community Physicians nurse that you would like to nominate?
About the DAISY Award
Anyone can nominate a nurse — patients, family members, visitors, physicians, staff members and volunteers — by sharing a story of the outstanding care the nurse provided. Each year, one extraordinary Johns Hopkins Community Physicians nurse will be selected to receive the DAISY Award by a committee of peers.
Each DAISY Award recipient will be recognized at ceremony and will receive a DAISY Award certificate, a DAISY Award lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch.
Meet Our Most Recent RecipientJill McGuinness, R.N.
Jill McGuinness, R.N., is a nurse at our Canton Crossing location. She was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient. Read an excerpt from her nomination: "I would like to recognize Jill for one simple act of kindness that had a significant impact on my life and that of my newborn's. I struggled to nurse my first son. I was hoping it would be easier the second time around. In the hospital my son was able to latch but it was still a difficult process and I did not find the lactation consultants much help. When we went for our 3 day old visit, Jill simply popped her head into the room to ask how it was going. Her body language and tone made it clear that she was truly interested in our wellbeing which then allowed me to share how things had been difficult and I was thinking about quitting. She spent quite some time giving me multiple solutions for addressing them. She also did so without ever giving any impression that she had 1000 other things to do, as I am sure she did. When the provider came in to start the visit and learned what we were talking about, he left and came back later recognizing how important Jill's skills, knowledge and expertise were in that moment. Thanks to Jill I was able to successfully nurse almost exclusively and am still going strong at 6 months. She gave me the tools and confidence to keep trying and the comfort of knowing I had a knowledgeable resource to reach out to should I continue to struggle."
Congratulations, 2022 DAISY Award Nominees!
The Johns Hopkins Community Physicians 2022 DAISY Award recipient will be announced in October 2022. Meet the nominees below.
Christa Long, R.N.
R.N. Team Leader, Hagerstown
Cristina Mabry, R.N.
R.N. Team Leader, Glen Burnie
Saundra Matthews, R.N.
Practice Administrator, Germantown
Jill McGuinness, R.N.
R.N. Team Leader, Canton Crossing
Eileen Simione, R.N.
Nurse, North Bethesda