Nurses and CNAs at Guthrie County Hospital are being honored during Hospital Week.  

Nurses are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY 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 patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Guthrie County Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”  The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Guthrie County Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award,” commented Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.

CNAs are being honored with The Sunshine Award for Remarkable CNAs. The Sunshine Award is exclusive to GCH. Spawned from a desire of the nurses to recognize the CNA staff, the Sunshine Award has been established. Considering how DAISIES require sunshine to flourish and thrive, so is this the case for the nurses. Without our CNA team, the daily job of patient care would not be a reality. Help us recognize the remarkable CNAs we have on staff. Please say thank you by sharing your story of how a CNA has made a difference you will always remember.

CNAs may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Guthrie County Hospital to receive The Sunshine Award. Each Sunshine Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony and receive: a personalized certificate, a Sunshine Award pin, and a hand-made wooden sunshine plaque. Each plaque is hand-made and intricately woven locally. The woven part of the plaque symbolizes the inextricable link between the CNA and RN staff. Each one is an integral member of the team. When woven together just right, the sunshine (CNAs) can perfectly support the DAISIES (RNs). Together, they create an environment in which our patients can flourish and thrive. 

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY and Sunshine Award program. Nurses and CNAs are heroes every day. It’s important that they know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation along with The SUNSHINE Award provides a way for us to do that,” stated Chief Nursing Officer, Greg Opseth.  

Nomination forms are available at Guthrie County Hospital, GCH Clinics, GCH Healthy Living Center and at

Download the nomination forms below:
DAISY Award Brochure

SUNSHINE Award Brochure

*For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at