Bronx Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse
BRONX, NEW YORK, June 2013 - Calvary Hospital honored Kwabena O. Agyeman, 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.
Kwabena began working at Calvary Hospital in 2006 as a Registered Nurse. He obtained his Nursing Degree in 2003 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He received numerous nominations by his fellow nurses as well as family members. One of his nomination forms included the following comment:
“He is genuine, honest, and respectful of all patients, family members, as well as his co-workers. He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to amicably mediate challenging situations on the nursing unit. The ongoing encouragement and coaching that he provides has given us the strength to continue providing excellent care to our patients.”
Kwabena was born in Ghana, West Africa. Some of his favorite hobbies and interests are cooking and playing football. He resides in the Baychester section of the Bronx with his family.
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 Kwabena O. Agyeman, RN, with the DAISY Award for 1Q 2013. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right):
- Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources;
- Marilyn Crockett, RN, Patient Service Manager;
- Kwabena O. Agyeman, RN, Daisy Award honoree; and
- Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services.
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, 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.