Beebe presents extraordinary nurse award to Matthew Chaffinch  

October 10, 2018

Nurses at Beebe Healthcare are being honored with the DAISY Award, a part of the DAISY Foundation’s national program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses make every day. Beebe presents the DAISY Award to nurses on a quarterly basis.

Beebe’s September recipient is Matthew Chaffinch, an intensive care unit nurse who was recognized for the care he provided to a patient and his parents during the patient’s last days of life.

“Matt Chaffinch worked overnight and was not only caring to our son but also to us,” the patient’s parents wrote in their nomination. “He made sure we had pillows and blankets to rest the best we could. He explained everything that he did and gave us such compassion as we came to realize that our son was not going to live. Matt made the worst experience of our lives bearable.”

Chaffinch was presented with a DAISY Award certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture during a recent surprise ceremony. Each DAISY honoree receives the statue and the certificate, which commends the honoree for being an extraordinary nurse. The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."

The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Beebe Healthcare to receive the DAISY Award. Throughout the year, awards are given at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.

“Beebe is proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Steve Rhone, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
To nominate a Beebe nurse for the DAISY Award, go to