Fort Kent

Northern Maine Medical Center surprises nurse with DAISY Award

FORT KENT, Maine — In a surprise announcement on July 31, Nicole Marquis, BSN, RN, director of nursing at Northern Maine Medical Center, was joined by dozens of employees to present Jeannine Hobbins, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.  

Family members of the honoree and the patient who submitted the nomination were also present for the award presentation, which took place in the Emergency Department where Hobbins works.

Last winter, Sandra Peterson sought healthcare at the Emergency Department. Peterson described Hobbins’ actions as calming and comforting. She said she didn’t understand what was happening to her at the time but knew she was very sick.

“Jeannine helped me calm down when I was in a very dark place. She took time to comfort me by walking in the hall with me. It seemed to be the only way to calm me from my state of helplessness,” wrote Peterson in her nomination. “I thank God for Jeannine. She gave me time, understanding, warmth and compassion.

“No pills or drugs could help me — just someone with a big heart and tender loving care. I am forever grateful to Jeannine for her care.”

Peterson and her husband, Michael, attended the award presentation.

According to Marquis, the hospital launched the recognition program aimed at recognizing the extraordinary and compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families as part of its annual Nurses’ Week celebration in May of this year. The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, established The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The international program was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of a little known, but not uncommon, auto-immune disease.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation, said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary and compassionate work they do.”

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.

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

Hobbins has been an RN for 42 years and holds multiple certifications. She is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor and has been a certified emergency nurse since 1992. She started her career in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital and, throughout the years there, she also worked as an evening supervisor, a clinical educator and oncology nurse. More than half her career was spent caring for patients in the ED.

“What I enjoy the most about working in the ED is the variety of patients we see, helping patients feel better and having good outcomes,” she said.

“One does not get an award by oneself. It truly takes a team to make this happen and I am very grateful for the support of every employee,” said Hobbins. “I greatly enjoy my coworkers and the assistance we give one another especially when dealing with critical patients. The teamwork and support of all staff is truly amazing and makes my job so much easier.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues by simply sending an email to  A committee at NMMC selects the candidate to receive The DAISY Award. 

Hobbins received a certificate commending her as an “Extraordinary Nurse.”   As part of the celebration, she also received a DAISY Award pin, a bouquet of flowers and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Hobbins lives in Fort Kent with her husband, Dave. In her leisure time she enjoys walking, reading, spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and traveling.

To learn more about the recognition program, visit

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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