Calvary Honors Giselle Vencer with Daisy Award
Calvary Honors Giselle Vencer with Daisy Award


Yonkers Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, August 2012 – Calvary Hospital honored Giselle Vencer, RN, with the Daisy Award for 1Q 2012. 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 co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

         Giselle joined Calvary in early 2009, right after she completed her education as a registered nurse. A record number of 40 nominations were submitted not only by Giselle’s fellow nurses but also from various departments throughout the hospital.
Her nomination forms from many colleagues and a few family members of patients included comments such as:

         • Kind, compassionate nurse, industrious with a “gentle smile and a kind heart.”
         • Always makes certain that patient and family are comfortable -- an advocate for patients.
         • She cares and she gives quality care to the patient, but also supports the staff. 
         • Has special way of putting the patients and family members at ease. 
         • Goes out of her way to bring joy to patients, families, and her co-workers. 
         • Ready with a helping hand, even if it means she has to stay longer to finish all her work.
         • Knows how to keep morale up and is excellent, caring nurse.
         • She always smiles, has time for patients, families and even other staff members. 
            She makes everyone feel as though they have her complete attention. 
         • She goes above and beyond, inspiring everyone she works with.

         Born in Bacolod in the Philippines, Giselle was raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks away from Calvary. She was graduated from Lehman College’s Department of Nursing in the School of Natural and Social Sciences. Her mother, also an RN, and a sister also work at Calvary. Giselle is the 9th person in her family to pursue a nursing career. In her spare time, Giselle enjoys hiking, bungee jumping, and training for marathons. She resides in Yonkers.

         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.

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 6,000 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


Calvary recently recognized Giselle Vencer, RN, with the DAISY Award for 1Q 2012. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):

  • Michael Troncone, Director of Human Resources;
  • Rekha Mehta, MD;
  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN, Director of Staff Development;
  • Marilyn Crockett, RN, Patient Service Manager;
  • Giselle Vencer, RN, DAISY Award honoree;
  • Alma Carrington, MD; and
  • Sally Umbro, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

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