Char Fohrd RN, MCH, Melissa Turner RN, MSN,ADON, Joe Akif WGH COO/CNO, and Richard Allen WGH CEO. Photo submitted.

Fohrd is 17th WGH DAISY Award Honoree

April 3, 2024

WARREN, Pa. – Warren General Hospital recognized its 17th DAISY Award winner, Char Fohrd a Registered Nurse in the Maternity Unit, on March 21, 2024.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif said. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

Fohrd was nominated by Jaylin Mead, for going above and beyond.

Mead wrote, “I am a first-time mother. The last week of my pregnancy I had some issues with my blood pressure, so I had to be monitored. Char was my attending nurse and monitored all my vitals. The midwife decided I needed to be induced so I came back in for the procedure. Char again was my attending nurse and went above and beyond to make me comfortable. Every question and concern I had, as a new mother, was quickly relieved with her knowledge and compassion. She never once hesitated to make sure I was comfortable with the answers I received.

“When it came down to labor and delivery, I couldn’t have done it without her. She was so calm and encouraging through every contraction. Even when I didn’t think I could go anymore she gave me the motivation to continue. She stayed past her shift to help with the delivery of my baby girl. I firmly believe everyone has a place in this world and her place is maternity. Her kindness, compassion, and knowledge are exactly what this maternity ward needs. I will forever be grateful for her care during my stay at this hospital. She made what I thought, at the time, the most painful thing I’ve gone through, into the best experience. She was meant to love and care for mothers and their babies. Before she left from her shift, I could not thank her enough for being there for me.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Warren General Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.

Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

“Congratulations Char Fohrd RN, Warren General Hospital is honored to have an exceptional nurse like you, working here,” the hospital said in a release.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by family members. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Puerperal (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation said. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Warren General Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at

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