Christiana Care DAISY Award recipients are nurses recognized for meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of patients and families by displaying exceptional clinical skills, compassion, respect and partnership.

Stephanie Forester’s DAISY nomination came from a thankful third-time father who highlights all of these attributes that earned her this honor:

“On Nov. 15, 2015, my wife and I were blessed to have our third child at Christiana Care. During the labor portion of our stay, the Christiana Hospital staff was extremely polite and professional, and made the birth of our son very comfortable. But one staff member stood out.

“Our nurse, Ms. Forester, continuously went above and beyond to assuage any fears or concerns that we had with the progress of the labor. She handled all of our needs without hesitation.

“When a Caesarian section was needed, Ms. Forester stayed beyond her shift in Labor and Delivery and did not leave my wife’s side.

“When small procedural setbacks occurred and my wife needed the extra emotional support, Ms. Forester rose to the occasion.

“She gave up her own family time to see the delivery procedure all the way through to the end. Her dedication and maintaining a real emotional relationship with her patients, my family, were second to none.

“The entire crew that worked tirelessly to deliver our son happy and healthy deserve recognition. But Ms. Forester shined in her role as our nurse. Thank you for everything you did. We are forever grateful for your care.”

Established in 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to honor his memory with a tribute to the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his hospitalization. Today, more than 2,000 health care facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries honor nurses with The DAISY Award.

Christiana Care’s Professional Nurse Council selects The DAISY Award recipients using a blind selection process based on nominations from patients, families and all members of the Christiana Care team. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and VNA — are eligible.