Calvary Honors Tracy Lovejoy, RN with Daisy Award

 Bronx Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse 

BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2013 - Calvary Hospital recently honored Tracy Lovejoy, RN, with the Daisy Award, 2nd Q 2013.  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.

            Tracy began working at Calvary Hospital in 2010 as a Registered Nurse.  She obtained her BSN from Fairfield University and her MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management from The University of New Haven.  She received numerous nominations from her fellow nurses as well as family members.  One of her nomination forms included the following comments: 

 “Although she was never assigned as my mother’s nurse when I needed help (at least four times) she saw me without hesitation, she came to our room and helped.  I could not let this go unnoticed, she is a real team player as well as being caring and thoughtful.  She was comforting to us, took care of our needs in a timely fashion, spent time talking with me and listened to what I had to say.” 

Tracy was born in Connecticut.  Some of her favorite hobbies and interests are going to Broadway shows and traveling.   

            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 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:  
Calvary recently recognized Tracy Lovejoy, RN, with the DAISY Award.  On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):

  • Leonila C. Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operation;
  • Tracy Lovejoy, RN, (Honoree); and
  • Camelia Brown, RN, Patient Service Manager.

 

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 www.calvaryhospital.org.   

 

 

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