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FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Medical Center proudly announces its “Daisy Award” recipient as Brendan Tibbert, RN.

MetroWest Medical Center leadership organized the surprise award celebration and ceremony where some of Brendan’s colleagues joined to recognize him with this honorable national recognition.

Brendan Tibbert is a registered nurse in the endoscopy unit and is highly regarded by both patients and co-workers.

One patient’s family member stated, “My husband is a combat war Vet (Vietnam-Khe Sahn.) Brendan set him at ease immediately. I thanked Brendan for his kindness to my husband, but I could see I didn’t need to do so. He automatically is kind and caring to patients. It is no effort to him, so he needs no praise. It is just who Brendan is. He always knew what to do or say!”

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The DAISY (acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of an autoimmune disease at the age of 33. 

The Barnes family were deeply touched by the kind and compassionate nursing care Patrick received throughout his many hospitalizations and established the DAISY award in Patrick’s honor and memory.  Nurses are nominated by patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team. 

A committee reviews the nominations to identify who will be the DAISY recipient.

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A reception is held to honor the DAISY recipient who receives a hand carved “healing touch” statue, certificate, and DAISY pin, a banner signed by the DAISY recipient hangs on the nurse’s unit.

Today the DAISY award is presented in over 5,400 healthcare organizations, and 35 countries and territories.

MetroWest Medical Center is the largest community health care system between Worcester and Boston. It provides services in two locations: Framingham Union in Framingham and Leonard Morse in Natick. 

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Daisy Award Recipient, Brendan Tibbert (on left in navy) with his Endoscopy team (courtesy photo)

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.