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:
Kaitlin Kozak, BSN, RN, Latrobe Hospital Critical Care
Geralyn Susko, BSN, RN, Westmoreland Hospital PCU 1E
Lois Wozny, BSN, RN, Home Care & Hospice
Arnold Wade, RN, Westmoreland Hospital Step Down Unit
Catherine Zehner, BSN, RN, Latrobe Hospital PCU
Bobbi Rodino, RN, Westmoreland Hospital Emergency Department
Sheila Farina, MSN, RN-BC, Westmoreland Hospital Nurse Navigator
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
Kelly Newbauer, Emergency Department, Westmoreland Hospital
Susan Poklembo, Advanced Wound Center
Carrie Polo, IMU Latrobe Hospital
Rita Martin, Integrated Care Unit, Frick Hospital
Joann Condron, Nursing Supervisor, Latrobe Hospital
Janet Tinkey, Behavioral Health
Claire Hogan, 1D, Westmoreland Hospital
Daisy Team Honoree: 2D Collaborative Care Unit, Westmoreland Hospital