During Nurses Week activities May 6, the latest DAISY award winner at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., was announced.
Mary DAlberto, RN, MICU, the May recipient, was recognized for her total commitment to patients and their families. DAlberto recently organized, purchased, and delivered a large appliance to donate to the family of one of her patients. She also has developed a hospital-wide fundraiser for one of her colleagues who is seriously ill. My only hope is that when my day arrives and it is my turn to need a nurse, there will be a Mary DAlberto to care for me, says her nominator.
Initiated one year ago at Westchester, the DAISY program receives rave reviews by nurse leaders and staff. Donna Hemmer, RN, nurse manager, trauma, ICU, accepts nominations from patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees.From left, Kathy Aronow, RN, Laura Caramanica, RN, Kathy Lapine, RN, Mary DAlberto, RN, Daisy Award winner, Emily Rodriquez, RN, Kathy Longo, RN, Lisa Yarusso, RN, Anya McLernon, RN, Margaret Perreira, RN, and Joan Madalone, RN, celebrate together.
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Foundation was formed in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day all over the country.
For more about the program, such as hospital partners, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org. To read about each of the Westchester winners, visit www.worldclassmedicine.com/daisyaward.