In less than a year as a registered nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Shannon Ziriada was selected as the first winner of the DAISY Award, an honor given to nurses whose care inspires someone to nominate them.
Ziriada, of Trenton, was one of 39 nominees, making the decision difficult as so many nurses were seen as outstanding by their nominators. He received the award during a ceremony at the hospital Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The patient who nominated Ziriada called him amazing, compassionate, skilled and hard-working and always smiling. Patients’ families and staff may also make nominations.
“Shannon went out of his way at all times to make myself and my family comfortable,” the patient wrote in her nomination letter. “Shannon was always available ASAP for all my needs no matter how small…I had many good nurses during my stay, but Shannon by far, I feel, deserves recognition for his efforts as it is obvious he enjoys his job.”
The international recognition program was created in November 1999 as a way for the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from a disease of the immune system, to say thank you to his caregivers. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and is supported still by the family’s DAISY Foundation.
Henry Ford Wyandotte’s DAISY Award comes with a pin, certificate, a special stone sculpture called the Healer’s Touch, daisies and a parking spot. In addition, the winner’s unit celebrates with cinnamon rolls, a favorite of Patrick’s and a way for the family to keep his memory alive.
The award, which is given quarterly and based on nominations from patients, their families and co-workers, is well established at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Like Wyandotte, Henry Ford West Bloomfield recently began giving the award as a way to recognize nurses not only for being the backbone of the hospital, but especially for those who manage to provide top-notch care in often-trying conditions.
“We know the work they do every day leaves a lasting imprint on patients. When a patient is touched enough by that work to write a nomination letter, it’s important to give a special thank-you,” says Denise Brooks-Williams, president and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. “With or without an award, we hope all nurses know how valuable they are, how thankful we and patients are, always.
“And, a big congratulations to Shannon Ziriada.”
Kim North Shine