Coastal Carolina Hospital nurse Jeff Lewis receives a boutonniere from patient Gabrielle Padgett, 11, after Lewis was presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care during a ceremony at the hospital on Tuesday. Established by The DAISY Foundation, the award is part of the foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J.Patrick Barnes. Patrick 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 Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families.(Photo: Jay Karr )
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Coastal Carolina Hospital nurse Jeff Lewis receives a boutonniere from one of his patients, Gabrielle Padgett, 11, after Lewis was presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care during a ceremony Tuesday at the hospital in Hardeeville. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize superior efforts of nurses. The nonprofit foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his relatives. Barnes died in 1999 at age 33 from complications caused by an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired the award.