Mariners Hospital

Mariners Hospital recognizes Extraordinary Nurse with the Daisy Award

January 20, 2020

Tavernier, FL – January 20, 2020 – Mariners Hospital is proud to present Christine Helms, R.N., with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for demonstrating compassion and patient- and family-centered care, which embody the meaning of the DAISY Award and mission of Baptist Health South Florida.

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.

Ms. Helms was nominated by a patient and family who visited the Mariners Hospital Emergency Department while on vacation in the Keys. In a letter to the hospital, the family praised Ms. Helms for explaining what was happening with their loved one in a private, thoughtful and detailed manner. The compassionate nurse then went above and beyond and shared her personal contact information in case they needed additional assistance.

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

About Mariners Hospital
Mariners Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 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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Christine Helms DAISY Award 
Christine Helms, R.N., was presented with the DAISY Award certificate.


Christine Helms and staff DAISY Award
Christine Helms, R.N., joined her peers after receiving the prestigious award.

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