Calvary Honors Saikou Beyai, RN with DAISY Award
Calvary Honors Saikou Beyai, RN with DAISY Award

Bronx Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse 

BRONX, NEW YORK, December 2012 – Calvary Hospital honored Saikou Beyai, 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 co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

         Saikou began working at Calvary Hospital in 2006 as a Registered Nurse. He graduated from Bronx Community College in 2005 and from Lehman College in 2011. He received numerous nominations by his fellow nurses as well as family members.
         One of his nomination forms included the following comment:

         “As the daughter of a patient here, I am very sensitive to the manner in which the staff treats my beloved mom. When Saikou is on shift, I know that she will be treated with kindness and with prompt attention. I rest a little easier during my own workday when he is looking after my mother.”

         Saikou was born in Gambia, West Africa, he enjoys running and swimming during his spare time. He is fluent in Mandinko and resides with his family in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.

         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 Saikou Beyai, RN, with the DAISY Award for 2Q 2012. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):

  • Saikou Beyai, RN, Daisy Award honoree;
  • Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services; and
  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN, Director of Staff Development.


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