Calvary Selects First DAISY Award Honoree
Calvary Selects First DAISY Award Honoree

CALVARY LAUNCHES DAISY AWARD PROGRAM TO
SPOTLIGHT EXCELLENCE IN NURSING CASE

Queens Resident Honored as Hospital’s First Honoree

BRONX, NEW YORK, July 2010 – Calvary Hospital today announced it has partnered with the DAISY Foundation to honor excellence on its nursing staff.  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. Any patient, family member, visitor or hospital employee may nominate members of the Calvary Nursing Staff.

            Anne Marie Mingot, a 24-year veteran of Calvary, is the Hospital’s first DAISY Award honoree.  Comments on her nomination forms from current patients and staff included:  “She is caring, compassionate, sincere, and knowledgeable;” “She has a skillful approach to the profession;” and “She takes the time to address any concern I have.” Anne Marie recently took up a collection for a needy family and refused to take credit for it.

            A native of Haiti, Anne Marie immigrated here in 1982.  She started working at Calvary in 1986 as a nurse’s aide and ultimately became a Cancer Care Technician. During her 24-year tenure, Anne Marie became a nurse with the Hospital’s support, obtaining her associate’s degree in nursing from Iona College and then a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The College of New Rochelle.  Anne Marie resides in Queens.

            DAISY (www.daisyfoundation.org) 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 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).  His family decided to establish The DAISY Foundation.  One of the organization’s goals is to honor nurses who make such an enormous difference in the lives of people they touch every single day. 

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 5,500 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 www.calvaryhospital.org.

PHOTOCAPTION

Anne Marie Mingot, a nurse at Calvary, is the Hospital’s first DAISY Award honoree.  Anne Marie is pictured in center with her colleagues at the Hospital.  Left to right: Richard J. Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer; Lucy Hernandez, MS, NP, Nursing Patient Service Manager; Anne Marie Mingot, inaugural DAISY Award honoree; Michael E. Impollonia, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director of Nursing Services; and

Sally Umbro, MS, RN, Vice President, Patient Hospital Services.


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