At a special surprise ceremony this week, North Suburban Medical Center honored Shannon Gilman, RN for providing extraordinary care by presenting her with the DAISY Award for nursing excellence. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s international program to recognize the compassionate efforts nurses perform every day.

Gilman was nominated directly by a former patient of North Suburban Medical Center who was also present at the ceremony.

The nomination for Gilman from a patient she cared for noted, “Shannon was very caring, prompt, answering every question I had about medications – always with a smile on her face. She gave me comfort and moral support.”

“I have to say that this award for you is so fitting - everybody around here always says that you are just the best,” said Angie Voigt, chief nursing officer at North Suburban Medical Center.

A second generation nurse, Gillman continues to follow the nursing excellence that her mother – also a nurse - displayed to her growing up. Gilman’s parents, Scott and Michele, were also present at the ceremony.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at North Suburban Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him 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 Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The DAISY Foundation was created in honor of Patrick J. Barnes, who enjoyed cinnamon rolls towards the end of his life, so the DAISY award ceremonies at North Suburban Medical Center include cinnamon rolls as a special nod to his life.

DAISY nominations are accepted in person at North Suburban Medical Center and online at

About North Suburban Medical Center

North Suburban Medical Center is the highest-quality hospital in north Denver. As a member of the HealthONE family of hospitals, North Suburban is one of just two hospitals in the state of Colorado to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures each of the last five years. In addition, North Suburban is the only hospital in north Denver to receive an “A” rating on the Leapfrog Group’s biannual patient safety ratings the last nine surveys. North Suburban has been honored by the Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best ERs and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. Licensed for 157 beds, North Suburban is located in Thornton, Colorado, a 10-minute drive from downtown Denver.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses in over 2,600 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit