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Release Date: 02/25/2016

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently honored Ross Leclaire, RN, of Pawtucket, RI, a nurse on Hodgson 5 with the Daisy Award for February. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize excellence in nursing.

Ross has been a nurse at Memorial for three years. Patients and fellow staff members reported that he embodies the outstanding qualities of an extraordinary DAISY nurse. “Ross is that stable presence that allows for calm and respect every day. He sees each and every patient as a family member and spends the time to find out what each patients’ needs are, in order to help them get better,” 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.”


Ross is the fourth 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 box located at the Information Desk in the main lobby of the hospital and in the nursing office in the Sayles Building, second floor. An electronic version is available on the hospital website at www.mhri.org/daisy-award.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.

Daisy Award Ross Leclaire