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Vijaya Narasimha, RN, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medial Center.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit is the place where close to 2,000 babies get their start every year, and the nurses who work there strive to ensure that every new baby gets a happy and healthy start with their families. One Mother-Baby nurse has been so beloved and recognized by her patients that Peninsula Regional Medical Center recently awarded her the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Vijaya Narasimha, RN, has received several nominations, and the one that earned her the award called her a “baby whisperer.” The new mother was grateful for the time Narasimha took with her and her family and the support she showed. She also shared breastfeeding tips so the mother was able to get her newborn off to a successfully healthy start. Her quiet, soothing presence brought the mom and her new baby great comfort. Narasimha was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and received a certificate commending her 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.” She was also presented with fresh daisies by Dr. William Todd on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit and share a story. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick 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. President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”