Three nurses at Freeman Health System were recognized with the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award. The award is given to registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses to recognize extraordinary efforts in delivering exceptional patient care.


Shelly Shoemaker, RN, Freeman Medical/oncology; Megan Dirteater, RN; Freeman Medical/oncology and Stacy Pryor, RN, Freeman Emergency Department received the award. Each was nominated by a fellow employee, patient or visitor. Each honoree received a certificate of recognition, a DAISY Award pin and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch.”

(L-r) Shelly Shoemaker, RN, Freeman medical/oncology; Paula F. Baker, Freeman president; and Stacy Pryor, RN, Freeman Emergency Department.

“The spirit and dedication of nurses at Freeman enables our patients to receive comfort and care on a whole-person level – body, mind and spirit,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman president and chief executive officer. “The DAISY Award is the perfect way for our patients and care teams to recognize nurses who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care.”

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 from complications of an autoimmune disease. During his hospital stay, his family was impressed by the level of care and touched by the compassion his nurses provided not only to him, but to everyone in the family.

The DAISY Award was created in Barnes’ memory to recognize nurses who make a difference in the lives of others.

Nurses do not have to care for someone with an immune system disease to be eligible for the DAISY Award. To nominate a nurse, visit


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