Fishermen's Community Hospital

Donnalee Quarberg, R.N., presented with DAISY Award at Fishermen's Community Hospital

October 22, 2020

Marathon, FL – October 22, 2020 – Fishermen’s Community Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is delighted to present Donnalee Quarberg, R.N., Emergency Department nurse, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for demonstrating compassion and patient-centered care – traits that embody the meaning of the DAISY Award and mission of Baptist Health.

Ms. Quarberg was nominated by a coworker who observed the compassionate care she provides to all patients who come to the hospital. When a patient arrived at Fishermen’s Community Hospital in labor, Ms. Quarberg immediately provided the soon-to-be mother with the support she needed to remain focused and calm. Once the baby was born, Ms. Quarberg remained with the patient and her newborn baby, caring, coaching, teaching and providing comfort to both. Once the patient was released, Ms. Quarberg called the patient at home over the course of several days to check on the new mother and her baby and their health and wellbeing.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The nursing recognition program was launched in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. The DAISY Foundation and Award were created by his family as an expression of gratitude for the nursing care he received during his illness. The prestigious DAISY Award is presented twice a year at Fishermen’s Community Hospital, and the recipient is chosen by the hospital’s Professional Development Council.


About Fishermen’s Community Hospital
Fishermen’s Community Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About the DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an autoimmune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award celebrates nurses in over 3,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit


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Donnalee Quarberg, R.N., Emergency Department nurse at Fishermen’s Community Hospital, (front, second from left), is the proud recipient of the DAISY Award.



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