LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A local hospital kicks off a week of honoring nurses in our area.

Mayo Clinic Health System held a special recognition Friday to help launch National Nurses Week.

They handed out a DAISY Award, which recognizes extraordinary work by a nurse. They also gave out a team award and recognized a non-nurse that goes above and beyond to help.

The hospital says nurses are critical for providing care, especially at a time when they are in short supply. "We know that we're going to need more and more nurses," said Mayo Clinic Health System Chief Nursing Officer Diane Holmay, "we do not have enough nurses to continue into the future with our patients getting more complex and aging baby boomers so our, some of our nursing staff is going to be starting to retire, and indeed have started retiring already."

There are more than 900 nurses in mayo clinic health system's 10 facility locations.