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Calvary Honors Kalmalee Golden, RN, BSN
With “Daisy” Award  

Queens Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse


BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2021– Calvary Hospital recently honored Kalmalee Golden, RN, BSN with the DAISY Award. 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.

Kalmalee Golden, RN, BSN
Kalmalee Golden, RN, BSN

As a recipient of the DAISY Award, Kalmalee received several nominations from patient family members. The most notable comments from family members include:

  •  “Kalmalee Golden deserves to be recognized for her dedication to supporting patients and families at Calvary Hospital. Kal (as she likes to be called) has gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing care for my wife and supporting my family during this time. Kal made sure that she greeted ALL with a smile every time she entered the room, laughed at our jokes, and most importantly reassured us that my wife was receiving the best possible care. When Kal’s shift began a sense of relief fell upon my family because we knew Kal would give 100% to my wife! Kal was our “favorite” due to her professionalism, manners, and caring ways. All should strive to be like Kal. We cannot thank her enough for her assurance and kind dedication.”
  • “Kal is very comforting to me always, she is very respectful and is there for all my needs and above all is a compassionate person. The love she shows is felt by me.”
  • “Great nurse, a very caring nurse. Does everything she can do to make a patient comfortable and explains to family members what is going on. ”

Kalmalee was born in the island nation of Jamaica, raised in the Bronx, and currently resides in Queens, NY. She graduated in 2003 from Plattsburgh State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses. 

Left to right: Leonila Quinones (Director of Nursing), Margaret O’Brien (Patient Service Manager), Kalmalee Golden (honoree), Margaret Pelkowski (VP of Nursing).

Kalmalee joined the Calvary family in 2007 and is currently enrolled at Chamberlain University for her master’s degree in nursing education. During her spare time, Kalmalee likes to spend time with her family. She enjoys doing outdoor activities, reading, dancing, listening to music, and watching movies. 

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 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; 3) to give out the DAISY faculty award to inspiring teachers in nursing school.


Since 1899, Calvary has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCare® throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.