Calvary Honors Brian Jochum, RN, with DAISY Award
Calvary Honors Brian Jochum, RN, with DAISY Award

Queens Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, March 2014 – Calvary Hospital honored Brian Jochum, 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.

         Brian began working at Calvary Hospital in 2011 as a Registered Nurse under a travel-nursing agency, working on short-term assignments. He obtained his Associates Degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and his Bachelor’s Degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He received numerous nominations by his fellow nurses as well as family members.
One of his nomination forms included the following comment:

“Brian shows concern for the patients as well as the worried family members. He helps you understand what is going on. He is comforting, cheerful and courteous. He listens to what you have to say and spends time talking with you. He provided services that were above and beyond what I expected. Brian is a true shining star at Calvary when so many lights are dimmed.”

         Brian was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He enjoys traveling, running, biking, skiing, and fishing. He resides in Flushing, NY with his 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 Brian Jochum, RN, with the DAISY Award for 4th Q 2013. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):

Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources;
Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services;
Brian Jochum, RN, Daisy Award honoree;
Francine Forrest, RN, Patient Service Manager; and
Leonila C. Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operation. 

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 5,600 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, 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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