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Finger Lakes Health honors Brian Gerard with DAISY award for extraordinary service

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Finger Lakes Health honored Brian Gerard, RN, who works in the Intensive Care Unit at Geneva General Hospital, with “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.”

“Brian was there for our family member who was on a ventilator. He answered all of our questions and was very patient with us. It felt like he really cared. He took extraordinary care of her and watched over her. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about his job. Brian really deserves an award in our book!” – Grateful Family of an ICU Patient.

The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family, recognizes nurses who have had a profound impact on the lives of their patients and patient families. Patrick died at age 33 in 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick received from the nurses at his bedside inspired this award.

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If you have received extraordinary care from a nurse, or are a family member of someone who has been treated with great care, and would like to nominate her or him please visit:

Nomination boxes are also located throughout Geneva General Hospital and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. At each DAISY Award celebration, delicious cinnamon rolls are served, as this was Patrick’s favorite treat and one of the few foods he could eat.