Mercy Recognizes Outstanding Nurses

Mercy nurses are now eligible for the DAISY Award, an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The family of Patrick Barnes established the Daisy Foundation in 1999 to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. The award is presented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries.

How to Nominate a Nurse for the DAISY Award

Each quarter, the council will review nominations, and based on key criteria (which align with Mercy values), determine DAISY award recipients. Winners will each receive a special certificate, lapel pin and hand-carved sculpture. A celebratory banner also will hang in the nurse’s unit for a month.

Past DAISY Award Recipients

  • Priscilla Atwood
  • Robert Cassidy
  • Bobbi Chick
  • Michelle Luellen
  • Sharon Picou
  • Charlotte Rankin
  • Nicole Ring\
  • Heidi Schisler


  • Kaniz Abbas
  • Janet Barnes
  • Katie Crump
  • Kaytln Harpole
  • Jessica Lutker
  • Hannah Mihlfeld
  • Ann Mwangi-Amann
  • Beth Patrick
  • Jackie Siemer
  • Jana Steibel
  • Kristin Wall
  • Stephanie Weber
  • Andrea Bubenik
  • Tracy Cook
  • Dawn Day
  • Samantha Day
  • Rachel Gaudet
  • Katie Gross
  • Megan Honeycutt
  • Logan Landmann
  • Sandy Laramore
  • Amber Malen
  • Erica Martin
  • Dana Matundan
  • Judy O'Connor-Snyder
  • Thomas Sorg
  • Chandra Stueve
  • Anne Tierney
  • Sam Ward
  • Randy Wray
  • Marykutti Valiaparampil
  • Kelly Beaver
  • Eric Bertram
  • Cathy Briggs
  • Daniel Campbell
  • Christa Clay
  • Alexis Curran
  • Monica Daugherty
  • Alyssa Dougan
  • Grace Garrett
  • RhoAnn Hanes
  • Angel Jennewein
  • Sharon Laws
  • Olivia McGoon
  • Katie McKinney
  • Rhonda Morrow
  • Kimberly Parrott
  • Jordyn Pate
  • Rhonda Philpott
  • Miranda Pickens
  • Jenny Stephenson
  • Kristine Woods
  • April Zimmermann

Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 3,400 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, as well as more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.


The DAISY Award is an international program to honor and celebrate nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care every day. Read the stories of our latest DAISY Award recipients.