Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Sovah Health - Martinsville

February 12, 2021

Hope Barker of Sovah HealthMartinsville was honored today with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The nomination submitted read “Hope is a true inspiration to the entire team on a daily basis. She brings a contagious, positive attitude that spreads to others and she will always brighten the day for patients, families, and coworkers.

Hope is one of the most compassionate nurses I know. Her compassion for her patients is recognized and expressed while rounding with patients and their families very frequently. Her dedication is also displayed by commitment to serving on multiple committees driving quality patient care such as ethics committee, falls, quality, and precepting. She is a role model for our team, loves to teach others, and always goes out of her way to involve new nurses in the delivery of care.

She most recently touched the life of a patient’s wife whom she was caring for with COVID-19. The wife called to say that nurse Hope was an angel, and she would like to nominate her for an award. She expressed in detail how Hope touched her life, impacted her, and even made a difference as to how she would also practice as a nurse. She said in all her years of nursing and watching other nurses she could not think of anyone more deserving of the DAISY Award than Hope.”

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. 

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Sovah Health are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“Hope is the perfect candidate to receive our first DAISY Award and I was honored to help present it to her,” said Barbara Seymour, Chief Nursing Officer at Sovah Health – Martinsville. “Her positive attitude and willingness to help others is what defines being an extraordinary nurse to receive the DAISY Award. She touches the lives of so many patients and their families every single day and she deserves to be honored.”

To nominate a Sovah Health nurse for the DAISY Award, visit our website at https://www.sovahhealth.com/community/sovah-health-daisy-award.