Nurses at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston are being recognized with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an honor that highlights the compassionate and exceptional care nurses provide daily to patients and their families. The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, established this award in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away in 1999 from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

The May recipient of the DAISY Award is Steph Brackey, RN, who works in the obstetrics department.


A grateful parent nominated Brackey for her exceptional kindness, proactive approach, and composed demeanor. The nomination letter highlighted her ability to create a trusting and calming environment. The parent expressed appreciation for Brackey’s dedication, noting how she would check on their baby’s IV hourly during the night shift without disturbing the family’s rest. Her actions allowed the family to feel genuinely cared for, despite her having other patients to attend to.

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Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation, emphasized the importance of recognizing the extraordinary work nurses do daily. “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 superhuman, extraordinary, and compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award,” Barnes said.

The DAISY Award at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston is presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Recipients receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a unique sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Lorrie Antos, VP of Patient Care Services at CHI St. Alexius Health, expressed pride in participating in the DAISY Award program, stating, “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.” the DAISY Foundation honors nurses globally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities, recognizing the critical role they play in healthcare. More information can be found here.

Congratulations, Steph, and thanks for all you do!

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