Published on January 16, 2023

Owensboro Health Announces Two DAISY Award Recipients

In December, Owensboro Health delivered two DAISY awards to team members. The DAISY Award is an international recognition program that celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The family of J. Patrick Barnes established the DAISY Foundation after he died from complications of an auto-immune disease in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.

Congratulations to Owensboro Health’s latest group of DAISY Award recipients:


Jaclyn Roach

Jaclyn Roach, RN
Behavioral Health at OHRH

How long have you worked for Owensboro Health?
Since June 2021.

What made you want to become a nurse?
I’ve always loved to help people. I can’t think of a time there was anything else I wanted to be.  

What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
I love being able to see people improve and get better while in my care. Even the smallest role I may play in that— it’s so rewarding!

How does it feel to be recognized for your work?
I was very shocked to receive this award but so very appreciative. Not only to the patient that nominated me but also to all the ones around me that help me strive to be better every day.


Lorrie Messer

Lorrie Messer, RN          
Home Health at OHRH

How long have you worked for Owensboro Health?
10 years

What made you want to become a nurse?
When I was a kid, I would help my family on the farm, and we always would take care of our sick livestock. Dad would nurse them back to health. I saw that gentleness and thought I need to be that to those I come in contact with and help where I can.

What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
Seeing patient families in action to assist their loved ones back to health in the home environment.

How does it feel to be recognized for your work?
Humbling. I do not see glory in anything I do. I just want great outcomes and my patients to return to health.


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About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.