Story Medical Presents DAISY Award During Nurses' Week

Travis Clark, RN, was presented the Story Medical DAISY Award on May 4 as part of a week-long celebration of Nurses' Week at the medical center. Travis was recognized for delivering compassionate care during a trying time for one of his patients.

Travis went above and beyond to make a connection with a patient who wanted to give up and “fade away.” He listened to her, and validated her feelings. Then Travis let her know truthfully how strong she was, and that her body wasn’t ready to give up. His words lifted this patient’s spirits enough to continue with treatment and with life. Moments like this truly highlight what an extraordinary nurse Travis is.

 Travis is pictured above receiving the DAISY Award from Vice President of Patient Care MaryJane Hunt (left) and with his family (right). Travis has seven years of nursing experience and has worked on Story Medical’s Inpatient Unit for just more than a year. 

 The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.

 The award is coordinated at the national level by the DAISY Foundation, which was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family.

 When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way, which led to the creation of the foundation and the award. To learn more, visit

To nominate a Story Medical nurse for the award, visit