The award was presented to Fraley during a recent ceremony at the hospital. She received a certificate, along with a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which was carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
The DAISY, or Diseases Attacking the Immune System, award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.
Nurses at West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital are being honored throughout the year with the DAISY Award. The WVUH-East awards are being sponsored by the City Hospital Foundation and the Jefferson Health Care Foundation.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, an autoimmune disease.
The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.