Calvary Honors Elena Filatov, RN, with Daisy Award
Calvary Honors Elena Filatov, RN, with Daisy Award


Brooklyn Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse 

BRONX, NEW YORK, November 2010 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Elena Filatov, 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 nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

            Elena Filatov, RN, an 8-year veteran of Calvary, is the clinical care coordinator for the Calvary Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comments on her nomination forms from current patients and staff included: “She is very caring, compassionate, sincere, and knowledgeable.” “She treats the patients with dignity; she always helps patients when they need help; she constantly has a smile on her face and never complains.” 

            A native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Elena obtained her RN degree in 1986. She worked as a nurse in Russia and Israel before moving to the U.S. Elena is a Brooklyn resident and is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, and English.

            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 and 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.

PHOTOCAPTION FROM LEFT TO RIGHT                                                                                                                                        

§   Mark and Bonnie Barnes, Co-Founders, DAISY foundation;

§   Elena Filatov, RN, DAISY Award honoree;

§   Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS, Brooklyn Satellite Administrator, Calvary Hospital;

§   Michael E. Impollonia, Nursing Supervisor, Calvary Hospital.

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

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