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Nursing Recognition

It goes without saying that nurses are a significant asset to the overall organization. Every nurse contributes to making the health system an organization that has a healthy work environment, where team members can work collaboratively and collegially. As such, we take great pride in celebrating nursing excellence and recognizing those whose outstanding contributions serve as a model for us all.

Outstanding Nurse Resident

This new award, introduced in 2016, is the Outstanding Nurse Resident Award. It is presented to a registered nurse, employed in the Excela Health system, who graduates from nursing school within the past two years and completes the Excela Health Nurse Residency Program. And the winners are:

Kaylee Gessler, RN


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.

2020 Annual DAISY Leader Award
Traci Fick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Frick and Westmoreland Hospitals

2020 DAISY Award
Julie Kunkle, RN, Frick Hospital PCU
Amber Mauck, BSN, RN, Home Care & Hospice

2020 DAISY Team Award
Behavioral Health Community Psychiatric Nursing Program

Cameos of Caring®

Excela Health is proud to be a participant in the Cameos of Caring® Award sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Ruth Fox, RN, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Ambulatory
Samantha Brown, BSN, RN, Acute Care

Outstanding Care Team Members

This award recognizes a health care team member who is instrumental in building quality practice environments. An outstanding care team member may be a licensed practical nurse, technical partner/nursing assistant, nursing service clerk or escort.

Keith Klimchock, Escort, Patient Transporter
Deborah Halterman, Technical Partner, Home Health Aide
Nowel Jeffrey, Unit Clerk
Kaylan Ludvik, LPN

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