Gold Foundation announces new collaboration with The DAISY Foundation™

The two nonprofit organizations share a commitment to honoring nurses and the essential human connection at the core of nursing care

Englewood Cliffs, NJ (June 16, 2020) — As part of an ongoing initiative to recognize and support the critical role of nurses in humanism in healthcare, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is joining The DAISY Foundation’s Supportive Associations.

This collaboration is a natural match for the two nonprofit organizations. The Gold Foundation champions the human connection in healthcare and recognizes role models of humanism, and The DAISY Foundation celebrates nurses for their extraordinary, humanistic care.

“Mutual support between the Gold Foundation and DAISY is a powerful fit. The human connection that they facilitate for clinicians is exactly what The DAISY Award honors in nurses,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Co-Founder and CEO of The DAISY Foundation. “We look forward to a partnership that serves patients, families and our healthcare system well.”

Nurses often serve as the most constant contact that patients have with a healthcare team member, providing personal, compassionate care throughout a hospital stay or in other settings. Their thoughtful care, respect and empathy ensure humanism in healthcare.

“Since the health professions began, nurses have embodied humanism. Their deeply compassionate care makes an incredible difference for all of us,” said Dr. Richard I. Levin, President and CEO of the Gold Foundation. “We are so pleased to join with The DAISY Foundation and look forward to continuing to honor and support nurses in our work together.”

Patients and families who experience outstanding nursing compassion and skill may share their stories by nominating their nurses for The DAISY Award™ for Extraordinary Nurses in nearly 4,500 healthcare facilities. By celebrating nursing compassion and skill, The DAISY Award showcases role-models for all staff and enhances a patient and family-centered culture that contributes to a positive patient experience.

The Gold Foundation’s support of nurses spans from the start of training through a nursing career. The Gold Foundation created the iconic ritual White Coat Ceremony / Oath Ceremony, which has been expanded to more than 360 nursing schools, and is involved in International Nurses Day at the United Nations, which honors nurses who have made an impact around the globe.

For updates on future joint initiatives and projects, subscribe to the Gold Foundation’s monthly News & Notes or check The DAISY Foundation’s website

To learn more about The DAISY Foundation’s Supportive Associations, visit:

About The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Founded in 1988, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation infuses the human connection in healthcare. The nonprofit organization engages schools, health systems, companies, and individual clinicians in the joy and meaning of humanistic healthcare, so that they have the strength and knowledge to ensure patients and families are partners in collaborative, compassionate, and scientifically excellent care. The Gold Foundation’s programs include the White Coat Ceremony, an iconic ritual that emphasizes compassionate care at the start of healthcare professions training, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which has more than 160 chapters at medical schools and more than 35,000 members.

About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from Nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing Nurse recognition and thanking Nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in nearly 4,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at