Bonnie Gipe and Ruth Fluke were honored with the DAISY Award for their compassion and excellent patient care during a special ceremony at OSF Holy Family Medical Center on August 21, 2015.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families.
Bonnie Gipe is an Infection Preventionist at OSF Holy Family Medical Center. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing and has currently worked for the hospital for over 35 years. Bonnie resides in Roseville. She has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys her grandchildren, gardening and reading.
Ruth Fluke is a Diabetes Education Coordinator and has worked for OSF Holy Family Medical Center for over 9 years. She graduated from Moline Lutheran School of Nursing. Ruth resides in Berwick. She is married to Bob and has 1 daughter and 5 grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys attending her grandchildren’s events, gardening, reading, camping and crocheting.