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University Hospital nurse receives prestigious award

The Daisy Award is given to extraordinary nurses.
Credit: Caitlin Rimar

CLEVELAND — University Hospital's nurse Caitlin Rimar was surprised Tuesday when she was awarded the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses.

Rimar, a Level 1 Trauma Surgical Intensive care nurse at University Hospital's  Main Campus, said she had no idea that a patient she cared for this summer had submitted her name to The DAISY Foundation.

The DAISY Foundation and award was created by the family of Patrick Barnes. In 1999, Barnes, 33, was being treated in Seattle for a terminal illness. When he passed, his family wanted to recognize the exceptional nursing care that he received and the foundation was established to continue to recognize and honor nurses around the world for all that they do for their patients.

DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  

Rimar has been a nurse at University Hospitals main campus for 11 years and teaches nursing at Cleveland State University.

Rimar said that she was very humbled and  and honored  to the patient and patient's family that nominated her and that they will forever be in her heart.