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Mariners Hospital Nurse Kathi Merriman, BSN, R.N., Receives The DAISY Award

July 13, 2021

TAVERNIER, FL – July 13, 2021 – Mariners Hospital is proud to announce that Kathi Merriman, BSN, R.N., a nurse in the Hyperbaric Medicine department, has been named the recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This award is presented to deserving nurses who demonstrate compassionate patient- and family-centered care, which embody the meaning of The DAISY Award and the mission of Baptist Health South Florida.

Ms. Merriman was nominated by a co-worker who witnessed the extraordinary care she provides patients, their families and staff members. She often goes above and beyond to educate patients and provide them with needed resources, Ms. Merriman’s co-worker wrote in the nomination. Recently, she did the same for a peer following a procedure.

“Kathi’s compassion and kindness are infections, and there is no one more deserving of this award,” said Cheryl Cottrell, MHSA, BSN, R.N., NE-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mariners Hospital. “She is a wealth of information and a true team player. You will often see her helping in departments all over the hospital.”

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 DAISY Award is presented twice a year at Mariners Hospital, and the recipient is chosen by the hospital’s Professional Development Council.

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About Mariners Hospital

Mariners 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 auto-immune 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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