Ottumwa Regional Health Center will be holding their DAISY Award ceremony honoring nurses next week. The DAISY Foundation (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) is a non-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a relatively unknown but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill was the driving factor in establishing the foundation and the awards. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and the award recipient is chosen by a committee at ORHC. Each honoree receives a certificate commending them as an “Extraordinary Nurse”, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved statue known as “A Healer’s Touch”, crafted by members of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.