Fil Salinas BSN, RN The Daisy Nurse Leader Award Winner

Fil Salinas BSN, RN, The Daisy Nurse Leader Award Winner

Texas City, TX, May 5, 2017 – Mainland Medical Center honored Fil Salinas BSN, RN, The Daisy Nurse Leader Award Recipient for extraordinary nurse leader. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurse leaders perform every day.

Fil Salinas BSN, RN was nominated for the Daisy Nurse Leader Award from a physician. In a nomination letter, the physician wrote:

“Since joining the ICU team at Mainland Medical Center, Fil has made a positive impact. I have seen a boost in the morale of this unit since he began to lead them way before he officially was recognized as a leader. I know that while being the charge nurse he had extra duties to complete that normally a manager would do. He is positive and upbeat and he promotes this attitude every time he is on the unit. He is an excellent cook and mostly on the weekends when he is here, he cooks for not only the ICU staff but also all the third floor staff and the physicians. Many nights I receive late night phone calls from him regarding our patients and when I ask him why he is, still working he tells me the night shift was short. He stays late and comes in early. His dedication is unparalleled. When speaking to other physicians the same respect is echoed in regards to the trust, we all have in him. We call him during times when we are extra concerned about patients in the ICU all over Mainland. He will see that everything will be taken care of.

It is a testament to the respect and administration of this hospital staff for him because they followed his lead, stepped up their game and made ICU stronger. I have seen his interaction with patient’s and visitors and it is inspiring. He makes every patient feel welcomed, safe, comfortable and special. His communication ability and knowledge makes you forget he is a nurse and often times remind ourselves he is not a physician. For his dedication to this hospitals mission statement, his love and passion for his co-workers and his drive to make Mainland better he deserves this award. After his promotion, I have seen him only step up even more than I thought anyone could and has helped build a powerful ICU that should make this administration proud. It makes the physicians proud to call him a friend and co-worker but even more a leader because he leads us as well.”

Every three months, a nurse will be selected by A DAISY committee comprised of staff nurses to receive The DAISY Award after reviewing nominations from patients, families, physicians or co-workers.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him 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."  The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

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.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit.  With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

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

“We are proud to be among the health care organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Melissa Amie, Mainland Medical Center chief nursing officer. “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.”

For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups.  More information is available on their website                    


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