Erlanger celebrates January 2022 DAISY Award winner Omar Grimaldo

Omar Grimaldo, BSN, RN, CCRN, January 2022 DAISY Award winner

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger recently honored nurse Omar Grimaldo, BSN, RN, CCRN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

A DAISY Foundation program, the DAISY Award is a national award to celebrate nurses who define patient and family-centered care through recognizing the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses can be nominated by anyone in the healthcare organization, including patients and family members.

Grimaldo was nominated by a former patient who said he is one of the best nurses the patient has ever had. The nomination details Grimaldo’s care, saying every hospital experience would be better if all nurses provided the same thoughtfulness and compassion. The former patient wrote, “He’s sweet and the most kind person.”

“Omar is a very deserving recipient of this award, and I’m pleased that we were able celebrate him and highlight his dedication to his patients,” said Erlanger Chief Nursing Executive Rachel Harris. “Erlanger is incredibly lucky to have nurses like Omar who take the extra step to make patients, visitors, and coworkers feel cared for like family.”

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 after Patrick Barnes passed away from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. His family wanted a way to honor him and show appreciation for the nurses’ compassion and kindness they extended to the whole family during his eight-week stay in the hospital. Barnes’ wife, Tena, created the DAISY acronym, which stands for “diseases attacking the immune system.” For more information about the DAISY Foundation or the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, please visit