Release Date: 05/17/2016

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently honored Elizabeth Thayer, RN, of Cumberland, a nurse on Hodgson 5 with the Daisy Award for April. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize excellence in nursing.

Elizabeth has been a nurse at Memorial for 21 years. Patients and fellow staff members said she embodies the outstanding qualities of an extraordinary DAISY nurse. 

“Liz is very caring. She goes above and beyond to meet every need of her patients,” said a coworker. 

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.

Said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation, “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 Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.” 

Elizabeth is the fifth recipient of the newly-created DAISY award at Memorial Hospital. Anyone can nominate an extraordinary nurse at Memorial by submitting an application online or in person. 

Completed forms can be placed in a nomination boxes located at the Information Desk in the main lobby and in the nursing office in the Sayles Building, second floor. An electronic version is available on the hospital website at

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