Calvary Honors Erika Qualitero, RN, With Daisy Award
Calvary Honors Erika Qualitero, RN, With Daisy Award

Yonkers Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, July 2011 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Erika Qualitero, RN, with the Daisy Award.  Nurses recognized with this quarterly award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care.  Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their family members.  Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

            Erika joined Calvary five years ago as a registered nurse.  Her nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:

  • “She goes beyond the standards of Calvary Hospital
  • “She is an exceptional nurse who is concerned, dedicated and understanding”
  • Erika can be counted on in a pinch to do anything that will make the unit run smoothly”
  • “She takes time and cares diligently for both her patients and families” 

            Erika is one of two family members in the nursing profession.  She resides in Yonkers, NY
            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 at age 33 of complications related to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).  Patrick really liked Cinnabons and at the end of his life and always made sure there was enough of this culinary treat for all the nurses in his unit.  As a result, all DAISY honorees are treated to Cinnabons at every presentation.  Each hospital also receives a special banner to hang in the recipient’s unit as a way to celebrate the DAISY Award honors and the nursing profession.  To date, 700 health care facilities (U.S., Canada, Middle East, and Germany, etc.) now give out DAISY awards to honor the excellence on their nursing staff. 

            The organization’s main goals are: 1) to pay tribute to nurses who make such an enormous difference in the lives of people they touch every single day; 2) fund grants for nurses who do research and evidence-based practices in the field of cancer; and 3) to give out the DAISY faculty award to inspiring teachers in nursing school.

PHOTOCAPTION FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:                                                                                                                                       

§   Richard Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer, Calvary;

§   Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services;

§   Marilyn Crockett, RN;

§   Erika Qualitero, DAISY Award honoree;

§   Michael E. Impollonia, Nursing Supervisor; and

§   Michael Troncone, Director, Human Resources.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients.  A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century.  More than 5,700 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to

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