Calvary Hospital Honors Alexander Mfum, RN With Daisy Award
Calvary Hospital Honors Alexander Mfum, RN With Daisy Award

Bronx Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse 

BRONX, NEW YORK, November 2011 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Alexander Mfum, 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 families.  Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

            Alexander previously worked at Lincoln Medical Center as a volunteer and nurse’s aide; he joined Calvary four years ago as a registered nurse.  His nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:

  • “He is an exceptional nurse who should be acknowledged for his skills”
  • “He provided services that were above what I expected”
  • Alexander took care of my needs in a timely fashion”
  • “He is respectful, comforting, cheerful, and courteous”

             A native of Ghana located in West Africa, Alexander is the first nurse/health care professional in his family. He resides in the Bronx.   

             DAISY (www.daisyfoundation.org) 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:                                                                                                                                      

§   Mary Clarke, RN, Nursing Supervisor;

§   Lucy Hernandez, RN, Senior Patient Services Manager, Nurse Practitioner;

§   Marlene Humphreys, RN, Director of Staff Development;

§   Alexander Mfum, RN, DAISY Award honoree;

§   Maydene Huie, RN, Nursing Supervisor; and

§   Sally Umbro, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

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 www.calvaryhospital.org.

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