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Excela Health is proud to participate with health systems nationwide in recognizing nurses who create an exceptional patient care experience with the DAISY Award.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) to acknowledge nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, colleagues, physicians and other staff. Nominees will be judged for their compassionate care, knowledge, teamwork, clinical expertise and professional collaboration.

Each awardee is recognized publicly with a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse,” and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Our awardees include:


January 2019

Kaitlin Kozak, BSN, RN, Latrobe Hospital Critical Care
May 2019

Geralyn Susko, BSN, RN, Westmoreland Hospital PCU 1E


January 2018
Lois Wozny, BSN, RN, Home Care & Hospice

March 2018
Arnold Wade, RN, Westmoreland Hospital Step Down Unit

May 2018
Catherine Zehner, BSN, RN, Latrobe Hospital PCU

July 2018
Bobbi Rodino, RN, Westmoreland Hospital Emergency Department

September 2018
Sheila Farina, MSN, RN-BC, Westmoreland Hospital Nurse Navigator

November 2018
Kelly Glaser, RN, Westmoreland Hospital 3D

Daisy Team Honoree: Westmoreland Hospital Intensive Care Unit


Natalie Hoag, BSN, RN, PCU, Latrobe Hospital
Marjorie Thomas, BSN, RN, MBA, Nursing Administration, Westmoreland Hospital
Pamela Painter, RN, Latrobe Hospital ICU
Shawn Ditch, BSN, RN, Home Care & Hospice
Kandace Dunlap, RN, Home Care & Hospice
Jeffrey Ian Wirth, RN, Frick Hospital CCU

Daisy Team Honoree: Frick Hospital Perioperative Services


Sheilah Reskovac, RN, ICU, Frick Hospital
Amy Medved, CRNP, Family Additions Maternity Center, Westmoreland Hospital
Anne Highlands, RN, Family Additions Maternity Center, Westmoreland Hospital

Daisy Team Honoree: Excela Health Nursing Informatics


November 2015
Kelly Newbauer, Emergency Department, Westmoreland Hospital

July 2015
Susan Poklembo, Advanced Wound Center

April 2015
Carrie Polo, IMU Latrobe Hospital


December 2014
Rita Martin, Integrated Care Unit, Frick Hospital

August 2014
Joann Condron, Nursing Supervisor, Latrobe Hospital

June 2014
Janet Tinkey, Behavioral Health

January 2014
Claire Hogan, 1D, Westmoreland Hospital

Daisy Team Honoree: 2D Collaborative Care Unit, Westmoreland Hospital