September 20, 2012, Brooklyn, NY...UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, will support The DAISY Foundation's The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize nurses, at Lutheran Medical Center.
Lutheran Medical Center's DAISY Award ceremony will take place:
September 25, 2012
Lutheran Medical Center - Executive Board Room
150 55 Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11220
special ceremony will announce September's DAISY Award winner and will
feature special guest Tena Barnes-Carraher, co-founder of The DAISY
September DAISY Award winner: Nereida Silverio, R.N. ("Nelly")
has worked at Lutheran Medical Center for over 13 years. She began as a
Patient Service Associate, and completed her bachelor's degree in
nursing from Molloy College in 2011. Silverio was a recipient of the
Bilingual Nurses for Brooklyn Educational Award in 2010/2011. She
resides in Sunset Park and is fluent in Spanish. Excerpts from the
"Thank you for hiring nurse Nelly. What can I say, compassionate, knowledgeable, honorable, helpful."
"I want to thank my angel nurse, Nelly, for her care, for being helpful, and so gentle."
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases
Attacking the Immune System) was established by family members in
memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from
complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but
not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family
received inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a
profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients'
"When Patrick was ill, we were awed by the skill, care and compassion
he – and we, his family – received," said Bonnie Barnes, president and
co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. "We created The DAISY Award for
Extraordinary Nurses in 2001 to say thank you to nurses around the
country, as we believe they are truly 'unsung heroes.' We thank
UnitedHealthcare for helping us acknowledge the remarkable work nurses
do every day."
Each month, nurses in more than 1,260 participating hospitals across
the United States are nominated by their colleagues and patients to
receive The DAISY Award. The honorees receive a certificate
commending outstanding clinical care and a designation of being an
"Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of
all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you
make in the lives of so many people." The honorees are also given a
sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
"Having been founded by a deaconess nurse 1883, we are proud of our
rich nursing history and feel that relationships, centered and focused
on the patient and their family, are critical to health and healing,"
says Rosanne Raso, R.N., SVP and Chief Nursing Officer at Lutheran
Medical Center. "And of course a compassionate nurse drives that
relationship. We can't thank the DAISY Foundation enough for recognizing
and inspiring nurses everywhere and UnitedHealthcare for their
Lutheran Medical Center joins 103 other medical centers around the
country where The DAISY Award is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
UnitedHealthcare's support brings total grant contributions to more than
$161,000 since 2006.
"At UnitedHealthcare, our mission is to
help people live healthier lives," said Golden. "To help accomplish that
goal, we employ more than 10,000 nurses who help improve the way health
care works for people. We congratulate Lutheran Medical Center nurses
and today's DAISY Award winner for helping people stay well, get well or
live with illness."
About The DAISY Foundation
DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established in
2000 by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. The DAISY
Foundation supports the nursing profession with recognition programs for
bedside nurses and nursing faculty and with grants for research and
evidence-based practice projects conducted by nurses. As of December
2011, more than 20,000 nurses at over 1,260 hospitals have been
recognized with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. More
information is available at www.DAISYfoundation.org.
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