Cherokee Honors Nurses as a National Sponsor of the DAISY Award

Cherokee Uniforms is pleased to be a national sponsor of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation's program to recognize outstanding nurses nationwide. The award is given monthly to an outstanding nurse in more than 600 hospitals across the United States, and over 7,000 nurses have been honored to date.

"Cherokee Uniforms shares the DAISY Foundation's passion for the work that nurses do, and we are honored to salute nurses who are recognized by their employer as outstanding professionals," says Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Uniforms.

Cherokee will help to financially support the award and will help DAISY provide award recipients and their hospitals with Scrubs magazine, the nation's first lifestyle magazine dedicated to nurses, and the inspirational nurses' documentary "A Nurse I Am".

The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received motivated them to create the award to thank nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families.

"When Patrick was ill, we were awed by the skill, care and compassion he – and we, his family – received," said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation.  "We created the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses in 2001 to say thank you to nurses around the country, as we believe they are truly unsung heroes."

DAISY Award recipients are recognized at a public ceremony and receive a framed certificate, a DAISY Award signature lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and serves the nursing profession with national recognition programs for bedside nurses and nursing faculty. Additionally, the foundation funds nursing research and evidence-based practice projects in the treatment of auto-immune diseases and cancer. More information is available at www.DAISYfoundation.org.