Calvary Honors Bronx Resident with DAISY Award
Calvary Honors Bronx Resident with DAISY Award

CALVARY HONORS ANDREA MEJIA LPN, WITH DAISY AWARD

Bronx Resident Honored for Excellence as a Nurse 

BRONX, NEW YORK, April 2011 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Andrea Mejia, LPN, 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.

            Andrea joined Calvary seven year ago as a nurse’s aide.  Soon after she was accepted – and graduated -- from the Hospital’s rigorous Cancer Care Technician program.  In 2006, Andrea obtained her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) degree.  Her nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:

  • “She treats every patient with dignity and respect”
  • “She exemplifies what a nurse should be”
  • “Andrea displays the core values of Calvary
  • “She truly listens to the needs of her patients and her co-workers”

            A native of Santiago in the Dominican Republic, Andrea is the first nurse in her family. She resides in the Bronx with her family, and is fluent in Spanish and English.  

            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 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                                                                 

§   Lucy Hernandez, Senior Patient Services Manager, Nurse Practitioner;

§   Michael Troncone, Director, Human Resources;

§   Andrea Mejia, LPN, DAISY Award honoree;

§   Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services; and

§   Michael E. Impollonia, Nursing Supervisor.

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 5,700 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.

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