Stephen Mears

As a nurse practitioner at Peninsula Regional Family Medicine, Stephen Mears spends his days helping his patients manage their health. When they face obstacles in their healthcare journey, Mears is willing to go the extra mile, and that’s why he recently earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The patient who nominated him was a veteran who was having trouble receiving a diagnosis for a complicated health issue, and was having trouble navigating the Veterans Health system. He wrote, “Because of Steve, I was able to be seen by allergy and endocrinology and receive my proper diagnoses of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Steve did not give up and kept digging to make sure all of the proper tests were performed. Without Steve’s expertise and heartfelt care, I would still be living with this lifelong illness that was causing me to go into life-threatening anaphylaxis and thyroid storm. Because of Steve, I am now able to live a much better quality of life.”

Mears was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before his colleagues. He 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.” He was also presented with fresh flowers 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 www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward 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.”