Wright Memorial Hospital honors DAISY award recipient, Foundation unveils new DAISY sculpture to honor nurses

Trenton, Mo. — Wright Memorial Hospital recently recognized Addison Frazier, RN I in the medical/surgical unit, as the spring 2022 DAISY Award recipient. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses provide every day. The award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at age 33. Today the DAISY Foundation recognizes extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the work they do every day.

Additionally, the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation unveiled a one-of-a-kind, Healer’s Touch sculpture that was mounted along the hospital’s walking trail. The sculpture, which was purchased with funds donated to the Foundation for this purpose, stands at approximately 4ft tall and honors all nurses, past, and present, who have worked at Wright Memorial Hospital. The award given to the DAISY award recipients is modeled after the Healer’s Touch sculpture.

Following the DAISY Award presentation and the unveiling of the Healer’s Touch sculpture, staff and attendees were invited to enjoy cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

Nominations for future DAISY Award winners can be submitted at www.saintlukeskc.org/nominate-nurse.  To support the WMH Foundation, contact David Bain at 660-358-5706, or via email at dbain@saintlukeskc.org.

CAPTION FOR PHOTO ON RIGHT: Addison Frazier, RN I, spring 2022 DAISY Award recipient, poses with the Healer’s Touch sculpture during the unveiling of the new sculpture mounted along Wright Memorial Hospital’s walking trail.

Wright Memorial Hospital is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 16 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.