Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Honors Daisy Award Winner

Webster, TX, March 15, 2016 – Clear Lake Regional Medical Center honored Melissa Barajas, RN, March 10, 2016, for extraordinary nursing. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

On Dec. 31, 2015, Edward and Josephine Suarez were brought to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center after they were involved in a serious car accident. Emergency crews had to utilize Jaws of Life to remove Josephine from the car and both she and Edward arrived at the hospital in critical condition.

“I met Melissa Jan. 2; she was the nurse taking care of my mom. We talked a couple of times and I shared with her that my parents had been married for 68 years,” said Chris Suarez. “On Jan. 4 at about 1 a.m. my mother told me ‘I have to see your Daddy.’ It was out of the blue and she felt very passionate about seeing him. I spoke with Melissa and asked if this was possible. She was compassionate and understood how important this request was. Instead of telling us it probably wasn't possible, Melissa spoke with the charge nurse. I don't know who they called, but by 2 a.m. with the help of Melissa and the charge nurse, my mom was moved into my dad's room. They held hands and said their "I love yous.” My mom stayed in my dad's room until about 6 a.m. My father died around 9 a.m. and my mom passed the next day,” said Suarez.

“You all brought some peace and closure to a family that was having a pretty rough time. My parents' time together that night was the bittersweet ending to their great love story. Melissa is a hero, especially in my family's eyes.”

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.

"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand 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 Clear Lake Regional Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“We are proud of the compassionate care our nurses give every patient, every day,” said Andrea Harrow, Chief Nursing Officer at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

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   


About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II Trauma Capabilities, Neuroscience Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Bariatrics Program, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at for the latest news and updates, visit our website at or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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