March 25, 2021
WEST HILLS, Calif. — West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has honored Kelly Burke, a registered nurse, with the prestigious DAISY Award. This award recognizes extraordinary nurses who make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.
Kelly was nominated by a patient’s daughter for the compassionate care he provided to their father at the end of his life. The daughter, who is actually an ICU nurse as well stated, “As my family and I look back on my father’s passing we all agree that, while it was one of the saddest times in our lives, we are so grateful to have had Kelly as my dad’s nurse because his compassion and genuine kindness made the situation a little less sorrowful.”
The DAISY Foundation and its DAISY Award were established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away in 1999 due to complications from an autoimmune disease. Barnes’ family created the foundation and DAISY Award in recognition of the high-quality care Barnes received from his nurses, as a way to thank exceptional nurses for years to come. More than 4,500 health care facilities and nursing schools now participate in the DAISY Award program.
“Kelly is a very compassionate critical care nurse, and we feel fortunate to have him on our team. He embodies the true spirit of the DAISY Award,” said Kelli Wray, CNO of West Hills Hospital.