Calvary Honors Philip Nelan with DAISY Award
Calvary Honors Philip Nelan with DAISY Award

Queens Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2012 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Philip Nelan, RN-CCC (Critical Care Coordinator), 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.
         Philip joined Calvary in 2007 as a registered nurse. His nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:

• “He dealt with the distraught daughter of a patient, by being attentive, ‘present,’ and empathetic.”
• “Philip is always willing to mentor new staff, even when it makes his own job more difficult.”
• “He demonstrates leadership in his unit. Philip is fair and flexible with staff and patients.”
• “Philip is always sincere and consistent with everyone he deals with.”

         Philip was graduated from SUNY-Farmingdale with an Associate’s degree in nursing. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Nursing Education at Mercy College. In addition to his nursing career, Philip teaches music theory to children in local elementary and junior high schools. Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, Philip is the first nurse/health care professional in his family. He resides in Bayside, Queens. 
         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 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.


  • Richard Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer;
  • Philip Nelan, RN-CCC, DAISY Award honoree;
  • Sally Umbro, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services;
  • Michael Troncone, Director of 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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