Calvary Honors Cynthia Collins, RN, with DAISY Award
Calvary Honors Cynthia Collins, RN, with DAISY Award

Mahopac Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2013 – Calvary Hospital honored Cynthia Collins, 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.

         Cynthia began working at Calvary Hospital in 1992 as a Staff Nurse. She obtained her Associates Degree in Applied Science and Nursing from Dutchess Community College and her Bachelors Degree from Mercy College. She received numerous nominations by her fellow nurses as well as family members.

         One of her nomination forms included the following comment:
She works timelessly to take care of patients from admission to discharge. She goes out of her way to accommodate the wishes of patients and families ensuring their last moments in life are what they would like them to be. She has arranged flights and organized seemingly impossible discharge plans. She is a professional through and through.”

         Cynthia was born in Hyde Park, New York. She enjoys photography, bird watching, and hiking during her spare time. She resides in Mahopac, NY with her family. 

         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 recently recognized Cynthia Collins, RN, with the DAISY Award for 4Q 2012. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):

  • Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources;
  • Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services;
  • Cynthia Collins, RN, Daisy Award honoree;
  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN, Director of Staff Development; and
  • Geraldine E. Gerardi, Director, Clinical Review/Case Management.  

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

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