Berkeley Medical Center names DAISY Award winner

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s Nurse Work Life Council named Donna Autry, RN, as the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for the fourth quarter of 2016.

The award was presented to Autry, a nurse in the outpatient cancer and infusion center, during a recent ceremony at the medical center. She received a certificate, along with a sculpture called "A Healer’s Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Evelyn Williams, RN, a nurse on the behavioral health unit, was recognized as a DAISY honorable mention recipient.

The DAISY award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses at University Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are being honored throughout the year with the award. The awards are sponsored by the University Healthcare Foundation.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. He died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, an autoimmune disease. The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.