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Nominate a Health First nurse for the prestigious DAISY Award

Starting October, HF nurses will be recognized for their compassionate care with the new DAISY Award. The acronym “DAISY” stands for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System.” This award was created by a former California patient’s family  to thank and honor nurses around the country as they deserve profound respect and recognition for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work.

Nominate a Health First Nurse

Nurses can be nominated by fellow associates, patients, or visitors on a DAISY Award Form that is available in all HF hospitals and by clicking on the links below.

To nominate a nurse, click on the appropriate hospital link below, fill out the nomination form and return it to the contact person at the bottom of the form. 

Cape Canaveral Hospital Nomination Form Holmes Regional Medical Center Nomination Form Palm Bay Hospital Nomination Form Viera Hospital Nomination Form

DAISY Awardees will be selected on a quarterly basis from nominations that are submitted by the first of the month prior to the award month.  Awards will be given out in October, January, April, and July. 

The recipients will be presented with a certificate, a special DAISY pin and a hand carved Shona sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch".

To find out more about the DAISY award, visit .

Current DAISY Award Winners

Cape Canaveral Hospital
Diane Wagner, RN. Diane has been an RN since 1974 and has worked for Dr. Laird at the Health First Aging Institute for over 5 years.  Diane was nominated by the daughter of one of her patients.  The nomination stated: “I want to express to you what a wonderful job Diane has done for me and my family in helping with the care of my mother, who is presently being seen by Dr. Laird. We are in the unfortunate situation of being over 1000 miles away in NJ, while Mom is in Florida.  We brought her up this past summer for three months, and wouldn’t have been able to without Diane’s help.  It was such a smooth transition, because Diane was not only so amazingly efficient, but extremely professional and very compassionate.  She was willing to work with us over such a long distance, sometimes on a daily basis.  It made an extremely stressful time much more bearable. 

Mom is back in Florida now, and I’m sure Diane is just as much a help to my brother, who deals with her locally.  Dr. Laird is very lucky to have such a dedicated employee.  It was/is truly our pleasure to deal with her and everyone in the office.  She is truly deserving of an award!”

Holmes Regional Medical Center
Naomi Wilson, RN, SICU.  Naomi was nominated by a patient's family in SICU. Two sisters of the patient nominated Naomi for being a caring and compassionate nurse who went above and beyond for thier brother and demonstrated the I-CARE values in caring for each of his needs. Naomi is a devoted nurse and was very patient, caring and understanding with the patient's and family's needs. The patient's family describes Naomi as "not only caring for his medical needs, she took extra care of his personal needs." The family said she was a "cheerful person who seems to truly enjoy her job."

Palm Bay Hospital
Edwin Hannum, RN from PCU. 
Ed is one outstanding charge nurse, dedicated and committed to his job.  He is a true team player and shows warmth, kindness and competence every day.  He provides excellent care to patients and families and is beloved by his peers.  One day he realized the ICU was busy with many critically ill patients.  As soon as he heard a "code blue" in the ICU he called and ran to ICU to assist.  He helped with the code and aided in keeping an eye and ear out for other patients during the code.  Ed's name is consistently mentioned by associates and patients for going above and beyond the call of duty.  One patient stated that Ed was, "so helpful, pleasant and just wonderful."


Congratulations Award winners!