Calvary Honors Peter Kuzma, RN, CCC With DAISY Award

New Jersey Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2018 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Peter Kuzma, RN, CCC with the DAISY Award for the second half of 2017.   Nurses recognized with this biannual 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.

             In 2012 Peter received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Staten Island and began working at Calvary Hospital in 2014 as a staff nurse and promoted as Clinical Care Coordinator in 2016. As a recipient of the DAISY Award, Peter received numerous nominations from colleagues as well as from family members.

            The comments included:

  • “Aside from Peter’s impeccable nursing skills, Peter is extremely caring and truly understands how to manage not only the patients but understands how to address all the needs and concerns of the family. Peter is a patient and courteous healthcare professional who demonstrates excellent nursing skills.”  

  • “Peter has demonstrated above and beyond care and respect for patients and staff. He has been of great help to prospective families, when families tour the hospital and have questions, Peter is always willing to pitch in and help. Peter cares greatly for his patients, he would make a great doctor and we are very lucky to have him.”


                During his spare time, Peter enjoys fishing and playing baseball. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and presently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey 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 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 Peter Kuzma, RN, CCC with the DAISY Award. Peter is pictured with Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services at Calvary.

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