The Daisy Award

The DAISY Award (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurse's every day.

Northern Light Mercy Hospital is proud to be the first state of Maine Daisy Award Hospital Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor three times a year. This nurse's clinical skill and especially their compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role mode. They consistently meets the mission and values of ​Northern Light Mercy Hospital.

The Daisy Foundation

The not-for-profit Daisy Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. During Patrick's eight week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Patrick but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Patrick's memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do everyday. Learn more about the Daisy Foundation.

Nominate a Nurse

Any registered nurse working within Northern Light Mercy Hospital may be nominated. Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out a nomination form.

The honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse",
and will also receive a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called "A Healer's Touch", hand carved by
artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. Additionally, every one on the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon
cinnamon rolls — a favorite of Patrick's during his illness.

Nominate a Mercy nurse by downloading and completing this form.  Please send all nominations to: Northern Light Mercy Hospital, Attn: Daisy Award, 175 Fore River Parkway, Portland, ME 04102.

Questions about this award program can be directed to Dottie Dyer at 207-553-6440 or Lori Fournier at