Calvary Honors Andrea Joseph, RN With Daisy Award

Westchester Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, October 2012 – Calvary Hospital honored Andrea Joseph, 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 co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

          Andrea began working at Calvary Hospital in 2009 as a Registered Nurse. She received numerous nominations by her fellow nurses as well as family members.
Her nomination forms from many colleagues and family members of patients included comments such as:

  • Her beautiful smile is a good medicine for my wife. Andrea is a very talented person with compassion and skills for a good professional job.
  • Andrea is always helping out with a big smile. I’m thankful she is here helping my mother. We feel my mother is in excellent hands.
  • She has the extraordinary ability to help the patient and family feel comfortable. She displays compassion on all levels.
  • I’ve seen her place her hand in a soothing way on my husband’s arm when he was uncomfortable and within a second, her soothing touch and comforting words worked like a miracle.
  • She exemplifies the true meaning of what a nurse and professional should be. She has a genuine understanding of peoples’ needs and is most compassionate to the patient and family.
  • Always smiling, respectful, and took the time to answer any questions about my mother, who is a patient here. She was a pleasure to deal with.

         Andrea was born in Kingston, Jamaica; she resides with her family in the city of Mount Vernon, in Westchester, NY.
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 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.

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 6,000 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


Calvary recently recognized Andrea Joseph, RN, with the DAISY Award for 2Q 2012. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):


  • Sally Umbro, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services;
  • Lucy Hernandez, RN, Senior Patient Service Manager, Nurse Practitioner;
  • Andrea Joseph, RN, Daisy Award honoree;
  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN, Director of Staff Development; and
  • Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources.
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