Mercy Philadelphia Hospital recently recognized the hospital’s DAISY Award recipient for the first quarter of 2015: Juanita Ellis, BSN, RN, clinical nurse supervisor of 4NW and 6NW. Ellis was nominated by her colleagues and a patient for her consistent, compassionate commitment to her patients and their families, according to a news release.
According to one of her nominators, Ellis is “assuring to her patients that they are able to manage and coordinate their care after discharge and assists the primary nurse with collaborating discharge instructions, equipment, home care and community resources. She always exhibits a positive attitude at work and is always willing to pitch in and help out wherever she is needed. Her daily responsibilities are so varied, yet she embraces her duties full-heartedly.”
The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick “Pat” Barnes. The care Patrick received inspired the Barnes family to create the DAISY Awards to recognize nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
“We are delighted to honor Juanita with the DAISY Award,” Mercy Philadelphia Hospital CNO and Vice President of Patient Services Dawn Grasso, BSN, MBA, RN, said in the release. “Not only does she possess the clinical skills and compassionate care that are at the heart of the DAISY Award, but she also embodies the core values of Mercy in her work each and every day,”
Patients, visitors, physicians, other nurses or team members can nominate a Mercy Philadelphia nurse for the DAISY award, and one recipient is selected each quarter. Each honoree receives a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. The DAISY award winner’s unit co-workers celebrate with a treat of cinnamon rolls, in keeping with a tradition the Barnes family established, according to the release.