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Celebrate Excellent Care

Brooke Talbot Receives DAISY Award

Nurses at Beebe Healthcare may be honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses as part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

The first award recipient at Beebe is Brooke Talbot, a nurse on the women’s and children’s unit at the medical center, who was recognized for the compassionate care she provided to a patient and her family. The patient was admitted to the hospital during the height of flu season. Due to the severity of the 2018 flu epidemic, the patient’s daughters were not able to be with their mother during her last days of life.

“Brooke stayed by my mother’s side, holding her hand, talking with her and giving her comfort,” the nominator wrote in her letter. “She encouraged my sister and me to call every hour if needed to check on my mother. Her kindness in caring for the dying yet remembering the living will not be forgotten.”

Talbot was presented with a DAISY Award certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture during a recent surprise ceremony. Each DAISY honoree receives the statue and the certificate, which commends the honoree for being an extraordinary nurse. It reads, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Beebe Healthcare to receive the DAISY Award. Awards are bestowed throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman work they do. The kind of work the nurses at hospitals are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”

“Beebe is proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Steve Rhone, Beebe vice president and chief nursing officer. “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.”

To nominate a Beebe nurse for the DAISY Award, go to

Photo Caption: Recognizing Brooke Talbot’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses are (l-r) Bridget Buckaloo, executive director of Women’s and Children’s Health; Talbot; and Lisa Klein, nurse manager, Women’s and Children’s Health