Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus Registered Nurse Krystal Messick was recognized with the DAISY Award for providing extraordinary nursing care.

The DAISY Award is given by the DAISY Foundation, which was formed in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family wanted to recognize the nurses who cared for Barnes and other “unsung heroes” of the nursing profession.

Messick was nominated by fellow Bayhealth nurse and Education Department Manager Karen Merson for the care Messick provided to Merson’s mother, Eileen Hanhauser, during a recent hospital stay. Hanhauser was a patient on 2B after a shoulder replacement. She developed multiple complications, including pneumonia, after surgery. Messick went above and beyond while Hanhauser was on her unit; and when she was transferred to another unit due to a decline in her status, Messick visited her on the new unit.

“These acts of kindness were above and beyond what we expected and meant a great deal to us, especially considering that mom wasn’t Krystal’s patient, but she saw the need to help her coworker and a patient,” said Merson. “Since that time, I’ve heard many other stories of how Krystal frequently goes above and beyond to provide the best care to the patients at Bayhealth.”

Hospitals and health care systems across the country, including Bayhealth, partner with the DAISY Foundation on the award. DAISY is an acronym for “disease attacking the immune system.” The goals of the foundation include funding research and evidence-based practice projects that affect the treatment of patients with autoimmune diseases.

DAISY Award honorees are chosen by nurses, administrators, peers, physicians, volunteers, patients and family.

For more, including how to nominate a Bayhealth nurse, visit