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The DAISY Foundation                                                                                                        

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                March 21, 2019 (Glen Ellen, CA) – The DAISY Foundation™ and Planetree International announced their mutual support today.

                The DAISY Foundation is thrilled to welcome Planetree International to The DAISY Community of Supportive Associations and believes the alignment of their missions will lead to a partnership that further impacts compassionate care and patient satisfaction.  Planetree’s expertise in creating organizations that excel in person-centered care and DAISY’s focus on celebrating extraordinary compassionate nurses make a natural partnership. Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Co-founder and CEO of The DAISY Foundation, “We have long admired the work Planetree does to uplift healthcare cultures and create work environments where compassionate care thrives.  The result is many more DAISY Award nominations!  The synergy between our organizations is powerful, and we are delighted for this new relationship.” DAISY Co-founders Bonnie and Mark Barnes will be attending and speaking at Planetree’s International Conference on Person-Centered Care this October in Orlando, FL.

                Susan Frampton, PhD, President of Planetree International added “Working together enables us to amplify Planetree and the DAISY Foundation’s shared value that a person-centered culture cannot exist outside of a culture that supports and celebrates staff. We are excited about what the future holds for this collaboration.”

About The DAISY Foundation

                The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from Nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing Nurse recognition and thanking Nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

                In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at      


About Planetree International

Founded by a patient in 1978, Planetree International is a mission based not-for-profit organization that has partnered with over 700 healthcare organizations around the world and across the care continuum to transform how care is delivered. The Planetree approach emphasizes the quality of human interactions that occur within healthcare settings, the importance of connecting healthcare personnel to the purpose and meaning of their work, and practical strategies for engaging patients and family members as true partners in care. These elements have been consolidated into the Person-Centered Care Certification Program, ( which provides organizations with a structured process to guide culture change efforts that yield improvements in clinical and operational outcomes. Drawing on this experience, in 2017 Planetree partnered with the National Academy of Medicine to introduce an evidence-based Guiding Framework for Patient and Family Engaged Care. Planetree also runs the longest running international conference on person-centered care, which emphasizes practical solutions for engaging with patients, families, staff and other partners  to transform how healthcare is delivered

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