Johns Hopkins Hospital DAISY Award Winners
June 2023, Jen Tobon
Jen Tobon, a lead clinical nurse from Bloomberg 9 North, was nominated for the DAISY Award by the mother of one of her patients. The patient had been in the hospital for some time, on another floor at first, before being transferred to Jen’s unit. In the nomination letter, the patient’s mother wrote that Jen provided wonderful care and went above and beyond to make her son’s birthday extra special. “When we arrived that morning, his doorway was decorated with balloons and a poster that all of the nurses signed with their well wishes. She coordinated with the fourth floor to have a party for him in the conference room and even drew his favorite Bluey characters on the whiteboard.” Thank you, Jen, for making your patient’s special day even more meaningful.
May 2023, Alice Pons
Alice Pons, a senior research nurse for the Kimmel Cancer Center, was the winner of the May 2023 DAISY Award. In her role, Alice works with patients participating in clinical trials to ensure that patients are supported and able to follow the complex plan to study the experimental treatment. Alice was nominated for the award by the loved ones of a patient who was under her care for 4½ years. In the letter, they wrote about the many, many extraordinary ways Alice cared for their loved one — gestures both big and small — that made the patient feel heard, safe and loved. Congratulations, Alice, on this well-deserved recognition and thank you for the incredible dedication you show to your patients.
April 2023, Iyo Genda
Our April DAISY Award was presented to Iyo Genda, a nurse on Meyer 3. Iyo was nominated by one of his patients who wrote about the anxiety they were feeling as they were nearing discharge and the incredible care, reassurance and comfort Iyo provided. Even as the patient was leaving, Iyo was there to help when transportation issues arose, providing help and a calming presence for the patient. “I have never felt so cared, safe, or heard before.” Thank you, Iyo, for making this patient feel so safe and understood while under your care.
March 2023, Casey Hershey
We honor of presenting the March DAISY Award to Casey Hersey, a nurse on Nelson 6. Casey was nominated by a family member of one of her patients, who wrote about how Casey went above and beyond to treat his sister with compassion and dignity, and forge a deep, trusting relationship. “What sets Casey apart is not just her skill as a nurse, but her ability to connect with her patients on a personal level. She shared her heart with [my sister], making the hospital feel less intimidating and scary for her.” Thank you, Casey, for your incredible care and compassion.
February 2023, Madison Goundry
Our February 2023 DAISY Award was presented to Madison (Maddie) Goundry, a nurse on the Weinberg Intensive Care Unit. Maddie was nominated by another nurse on her unit for her incredible efforts to ensure that a hospitalized patient was able to participate in his granddaughter's wedding. Looking after every detail — including giving the patient a fresh haircut and shave and crafting a special boutonniere — Maddie threw a bedside wedding that the patient and his family would never forget. "Maddie is a highly compassionate nurse, which shines through in moments like these." Congratulations, Maddie, on this well-deserved honor.
January 2023, Amber Nobles
The January 2023 DAISY Award was presented to Amber Nobles, an RN II on the Child Adolescent Psychiatry unit. Amber was nominated by her nurse manager for the extraordinary care and comfort she provided to a patient outside of work hours. Knowing this patient and her circumstances, Amber was able to make her feel safe, calm and cared for. Thank you Amber for going above and beyond to show this patient compassion and understanding during a difficult time. And congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.
2022 Team Award: The Adult Emergency Department Team
Each year, one outstanding Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) nurse-led team is honored with the DAISY Team Award. Nominations are collected all year long, blinded to remove any identifying information and voted on by a team of nursing peers. We had the privilege of presenting the 2022 DAISY Team Award to the Adult Emergency Department. The winning nomination letter was submitted by a JHH nurse manager from another specialty area who wrote about the compassionate care her mother received as a patient in the ED. "I am beyond grateful for the amazing care my mother received... Every single employee who interacted with us introduced themselves and explained their role. No one was rushed. Everyone took their time. Everyone was kind and nonjudgmental... The theme of our ED experience was compassion." Congratulations to the JHH Emergency Department Team for this well-deserved recognition.
December 2022, Emily Burns
Emily Burns, a nurse on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), was the well-deserving recipient of the December 2022 DAISY Award. Emily was nominated by the mother of a patient who wrote about how Emily cared for her daughter from her first day in the NICU and throughout what ended up being an extended stay on the unit. “Emily became a huge part of our family. She has a huge heart. She has always been by our sides throughout everything.” Thank you, Emily, for the incredible, compassionate care you provided to this patient and her family.
November 2022, Charlotte Gary
Our November 2022 DAISY Award was presented to Charlotte Gary, a nurse on Bloomberg 4 (the pediatric cardiology intensive care unit). She was nominated by a patient’s mother who said Charlotte’s exceptional care and friendly demeanor kept her and her son calm and at ease during a very difficult time. Along with praising Charlotte’s skilled nursing practice, the nomination letter detailed many seemingly small acts that had a profound impact on the patient — from finding foods he could tolerate, to bringing bags of ice to soothe his headaches. “The most meaningful thing she did was take him for a ‘walk,” the mother wrote in the letter. "Charlotte, along with one of the doctors, got him into a wheelchair, hooked him up to all of his monitors, and took him outside to the courtyard to finally see some sunshine after a long couple of days." Thank you, Charlotte, for your outstanding care, and congratulations on this well-deserved honor.
October 2022, Christine Snow
We had the honor of presenting the October DAISY Award to emergency department nurse, Christine (Chris) Snow. The nomination letter, written by a fellow nurse, was so moving it brought many to tears when it was read aloud during the awards ceremony. In the letter, the nominator wrote about the depth of Chris’ empathy and support while caring for a patient who had experienced a devastating trauma. “Chris comforted this patient in every way possible, and did not once falter her support. As the neighboring nurse, I watched Chris suppress the emotion that the entire department felt that day and focused only on the patient’s wellbeing.” Thank you, Chris, for the incredible, unwavering care you provided to this patient and all those you care for.
September 2022, Tyler Evans
Our September 2022 DAISY Award was presented to Tyler Evans, an RN III working on the Zayed 12 East unit. Tyler was nominated by a patient who wrote about the phenomenal care she received with Tyler as the nurse by her side as she was recovering from her twelfth surgery. "Tyler was very aware and sensitive to my anxiety. His personality was so empathetic and reassuring. He was delightful to speak with and so informative about what would happen or occur with my recovery." Thank you, Tyler, for making this patient feel so cared for and comfortable during her stay.
August 2022, Sandy Johnson
Sandy Johnson, a nurse practitioner in the department of surgery, was the recipient of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s August 2022 DAISY Award. Sandy was nominated by a lead clinical nurse from the Comprehensive Transplant Unit for her extraordinary efforts to support a patient in need of palliative care, and their family, while serving as the unit’s shift coordinator over a long weekend. After detailing Sandy’s many caring and thoughtful actions, the nomination letter goes on to say, “This family had so much peace, comfort and support because of you [and] the nursing staff caring for this patient felt so incredibly supported.” Thank you, Sandy, for all you do to care for our patients and your nursing colleagues.
July 2022, Nichole Rosado
Our July DAISY Award was presented to Nichole Rosado, a nurse on Zayed 8E, the labor and delivery unit. Nichole was nominated by the husband of a patient who wrote about the enthusiasm, warmth and excellent bedside manner Nichole displayed while caring for his wife. Nichole was also mentoring a nursing student during this time and the nominator wrote about how the student excelled under Nichole’s patient and thoughtful guidance, further enhancing the incredible care they received. “As physicians, my wife and I understand how difficult it can be to navigate our fast-paced healthcare system, how easy it is to forget the human side of medicine. Nichole reminded us of the power of connection, the importance of empathy, and the value of patient-centered care.” Thank you, Nichole, for your amazing patient care and mentorship.
June 2022, Christina Ngo
Christina Ngo, a nurse on the oncology ICU unit, Weinberg 5C, was the much-deserving recipient of the June 2022 DAISY Award. Christina was nominated by a patient’s sister, who says she was a ray of sunshine during an extremely difficult time for their family. In the nomination letter she wrote about Christina’s compassion, proactive attitude and ability to put the patient at ease. Most importantly, Christina really listened to the patient, and acted immediately to get her treatment when she was especially unwell. “It comforted her that there is someone like Christina she could depend on to look after her at the time when she is most vulnerable,” the patient’s sister wrote in the award nomination letter. Thank you, Christina, for the exceptional care and comfort you provide to your patients.
May 2022, Claire Logue
Claire Logue, Sr. Clinical Nurse from the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center Hematology Clinic, was the winners of the May 2022 DAISY Award at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Claire was nominated by a patient (who also happened to be a nurse and DAISY winner at another hospital) for her expertise, attention to detail and dedication. The patient wrote that Claire was instrumental in ensuring her care plan was specialized and tailored to her unique situation, communicating frequently and providing the patient with trust and compassion during a difficult time. “Claire makes you feel like you are her only patient...I know and trust that if I reach out with an issue or concern, Claire will respond as soon as she can.” Thank you, Claire, for the incredible care and commitment you show to your patients.
April 2022, Jazmin Williams
The April 2022 DAISY Award was presented to Jazmin Williams, an RN II on Zayed 11 West, the urology/thoracic surgery unit. Jazmin was nominated by a patient who was admitted overnight for monitoring after surgery. The patient wrote that he knew he was in good hands as soon as he met Jazmin. She calmed him, made him and his spouse feel comfortable, listened to all of his concerns and expertly answered all of his questions. The patient was so impressed with Jazmin’s knowledge and expertise, he assumed she must have been a nurse for many years. When she told him she has only been a nurse for a year and a half, the patient was “shocked and amazed. She seemed settled into the profession like she had been doing it for years…It was obvious that she is committed to [nursing] and entered it for all the right reasons.” Thank you, Jazmin, for your incredible care and compassion.
March 2022, Rosemary Kollosch
Rosemary Kollosch, a nurse on the cardiovascular progressive car unit, was honored with the March 2022 DAISY Award. Rosemary was nominated by a patient for her attentive and comforting care. During a time of distress, her quick action and gentle reassurance calmed the patient and made him feel that everything was going to be okay. Although not his primary nurse, Rosemary continued checking in on him, even throughout her shifty the following day. The patient shared his gratitude for Rosemary and the expert care he received from the entire team, writing, “No wonder Hopkins is one of the best hospitals... Outstanding. Your people make the difference.” Congratulations Rosemary and thank you for making a difference in each of your patients' care!
February 2022, Lori Beayon
Operating room nurse Lori Beayon was nominated for a DAISY Award for going above and beyond the call of duty to help several patients well after her regular shift was over. As Lori was going to her car in a nearby parking garage, she realized the elevators were not working and nearby stairs were closed for construction. Noticing several elderly visitors waiting for the elevator, Lori sprang into action and helped get them safely to their destinations. “Although she was off duty, Lori took it upon herself to help patients in need.” Congratulations Lori and thank you for your extraordinary kindness and caring.
January 2022, Katelyn Payne
The January 2022 DAISY Award was presented to Katelyn (Kate) Payne, a nurse on the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Kate was nominated by a fellow nurse for the incredibly loving and selfless care she gave to a patient who had been on the unit for several months, and the support she provided to the patient’s family during an unbelievably difficult time. The moving nomination letter described Kate’s special connection to this patient and family: She “celebrated his wins, no matter how big or small” and went “above and beyond for them on days when she wasn't even their assigned nurse….Kate touched this family's life and loved their sweet, sweet child in ways that they will cherish forever and absolutely never forget.” Kate, thank you for all that you did for this child and his family, and for the compassion and dedication you show to each and every one of your patients.
2021 Team Award: The Meyer 9 Team
In 2020, The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Meyer 9 unit was one of the first to care for patients with COVID-19. From then through 2021, it went in and out of biomode numerous times – each transition requiring detailed planning, communication, teamwork and flexibility. Despite these challenges, the staff’s dedication to their patients and one another never wavered. The Meyer 9 team received three nominations for incredible commitment, collaboration and patient care, and were selected by a team of nursing peers as the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s 2021 DAISY Team Award winner. Watch a video to learn why this honor means so much to the Meyer 9 team.
December 2021, Emily Gillman
Emily Gillman made a big impression as soon as she met the patient that nominated her for the Dec. 2021 DAISY Award – welcoming him warmly and putting his entire family at ease. From that moment on, Emily's incredible care, support and positivity shone brightly. Her uplifting attitude helped the patient get back on his feet (literally) after a serious surgery, and her kindness and clinical knowledge made the family feel comfortable and well-informed during a challenging time. "We feel so lucky to have had such a wonderful angel for three days…She had the most amazing attitude and it lifted us up all day… She was literally like the sunshine that appeared and got us to do our very best each day." Congratulations Emily on this well-deserved honor, and thank you for the incredible compassion and commitment you show to your patients, families, and colleagues each and every day.
November 2021, Anna Lou Paniza
We were honored to present the November 2021 DAISY Award to Anna Lou Paniza on Bloomberg 10 North, our in-patient adolescent care unit. Anna Lou was nominated by a fellow nurse who wrote that she was shocked to learn that Anna Lou hadn't received a DAISY Award before because she "is one of those nurses that gives all of herself, every shift, to her patients, families and coworkers." The nomination letter also described how Anna Lou creates amazing bonds and relationships with the families she cares for and is "the backbone of leadership on nights." Congratulations Anna Lou and thank you for the incredible caring, compassion and commitment you show to your patients and their families, and to your colleagues.
October 2021, Teresa Kane
Our October 2021 DAISY winner, Teresa Kane, is a nurse on Weinberg 5B, an oncology intermediate care unit. Teresa was nominated for the award by a fellow nurse who described how Teresa always goes the extra mile for her patients. “The patients love her and she is truly a nurse who has dedicated her life to the passion of oncology nursing and providing phenomenal care to her patients.” In addition to outstanding patient care, Teresa was highlighted for her calm demeanor and extensive expertise, especially when a patient’s status becomes critical. Thank you, Teresa, for providing outstanding patient care, and for your determination and leadership during challenging times.
September 2021, Corey Summers
Our September 2021 DAISY Award brought us to the Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit for a surprise celebration for Corey Summers. Nominated by a grateful patient, Corey was even more surprised when that patient and his wife joined the award ceremony via Zoom. Their touching nomination story highlighted the supportive and compassionate care Corey delivered when the patient was in distress and fearful of what would happen next. “He stayed with us. He reassured us. He distracted us. He carried us through a truly distressing and scary night.” Corey was able to calm the situation while expertly guiding care, showing “compassion that was heartfelt and helped us beyond measure.”
August 2021, Andrew Driscoll
Andrew Driscoll, a nurse on the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), was the recipient of our August 2021 DAISY Award. A fellow nurse on the unit nominated Andrew for the award. In the nomination letter, the nurse described Andrew as constantly exemplifying hardworking, compassionate care, and wrote in detail about a time Andrew went far above and beyond to lift the spirits of a child who was on the unit for an extended period, including on his birthday. When family could not be present because the patient was in an isolation room, Andrew stepped in. “He hung additional birthday decorations, helped the boy interact socially, got him out of bed and to his chair, set him up with video games … and it was during all this that I saw a smile so big on this child’s face that I had not seen in all his days in the PICU.” Thank you, Andrew, for all you did for this child, and for your dedication to each and every one of your patients.
July 2021, Sarah MacLean
The July 2021 DAISY Award was presented to Sarah MacLean, a nurse on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Sarah was nominated by the mother of a patient, not only for her extraordinary care, but for a seemingly simple act that was incredibly meaningful to the family. Sarah made a craft and wrote a special note for her patient’s older sister, from her new baby sister. “This small gesture that Sarah did made [big sister’s] entire life. She has the picture and note hanging in her bedroom and talks about it every single day.” The nomination letter goes on to say, “She is the most caring and compassionate person I've ever met…. We will forever be grateful for Sarah and the love and care she has shown to not only our daughter in the NICU, but us as well.” Thank you, Sarah, for your amazing, compassionate care and the enduring acts of kindness that help so many of your patients and their families.
June 2021, Eric Renteria
Eric Renteria, our June 2021 DAISY Award winner, is a night shift nurse on Weinberg 4CD, a surgical oncology unit. Eric was nominated by a by a patient and his wife, who were so grateful to be in his care during their nights on the unit. Outlining the details of his exemplary actions, the patient described Eric’s consideration to avoid interruptions when possible, how he educated the patient about new medications in a way he could understand and the relief Eric provided when the patient was suffering from severe pain. “Eric was outstanding… my wife and I knew we were in very capable hands and we both felt so relieved.”
May 2021, Janet Barnes
For our May 2021 DAISY Award, we were honored to celebrate Janet Barnes, a nurse on Meyer 4, a psychiatric in-patient unit. Janet was nominated by one of her long-stay patients, who credits the success of her treatment to Janet’s ability to connect with her so genuinely. In the nomination letter, the patient praises Janet’s empathy, humor and intelligence as well as the sincerity of her words and actions. “I felt most comfortable reaching out to Janet whenever I wanted to feel heard and often left with not only sound advice, but a smile on my face as well.” Thank you, Janet, for all that you did for this patient and all that you do for every patient under your care.
April 2021, Latanya Johnson-Strong
Whatever the shift — day or night, weekend or weekday — extraordinary Johns Hopkins nurses are hard at work. Early one Saturday morning, colleagues gathered to surprise Latanya Johnson-Strong with the April 2021 DAISY Award. Latanya, who was finishing an overnight shift in the hospital’s Meyer 6 unit, was celebrated for the compassionate, detailed care she consistently delivers. Her nomination came from a patient who wrote that Latanya’s “maturity and soft presence has been an elixir” and “…she has always embodied a spirit of kindness and responsiveness to my needs, no matter the request.” Similar words and stories were echoed by the team during the celebration, easily sharing how enjoyable shifts are when Latanya is working.
Spring 2021, Donatta Opiew
Early one morning in April, a small group gathered in-person, and others joined by Zoom, for a surprise celebration for our Spring 2021 DAISY Award winner, Donatta Opiew, who was just finishing her overnight shift on the Nelson 6 unit. Donatta was nominated by one of her colleagues for consistently going above and beyond for her patients, connecting with them on a personal level and doing the seemingly "little things" to bring her patients an additional sense of comfort and dignity while under her care. "The amount of strength that Donatta has is unmatched... Her patients, their safety and their comfort are her priority at all times. It's not about getting the job done quickly or fast. She takes her time to ensure she gets the job done right... I aspire to be at least half the nurse she is one day in my near future!"
Winter 2020-21, Hailey Wildasin
Our winter 2020-21 DAISY Award ceremony brought us back to the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, this time to present the DAISY Award to Hailey Wildasin. Hailey was nominated by the family of one of her patients who was under Hailey’s care for two weeks after he suffered a serious accident. The patient’s family lives in another state and, with visitor restrictions in place due to COVID-19, were only able to visit him twice before having to say goodbye. It gave them incredible solace knowing that Hailey was with him during every shift that she worked. Hailey played his favorite music, spoke with him as though he was conscious and got to know him as a person during Zoom calls with the family. “This was more important to us than I can ever describe. Since we were not able to be in the hospital with him, and sitting in a hotel room, the days that Hailey was working gave us additional peace…In this time of COVID and being away from home, Hailey helped us to feel like someone who cared was taking care of our loved one.” The parents of Hailey’s patient were able to attend the ceremony via Zoom, making it all that much more special. Thank you Hailey for your incredible compassion and care.
2020 Team Award, The Nelson 5 Team
The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s first ever DAISY Team Award was presented to the incredible staff of Nelson 5. Nelson 5 was one of the first units at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to care for COVID-19 patients at the beginning of the pandemic, back in March 2020, and continues to do so well in to 2021. Every staff member on this unit has displayed extraordinary strength, dedication and fortitude in their efforts to care for their patients and each other. During a time of great uncertainty, they came together as a team to overcome obstacles, adapt and grow. Here are just a few of the words that were shared during the DAISY Award ceremony to describe this amazing team: “stamina;” “clinical expertise;” “teamwork;” “role models;” “putting the patient first, always.” Congratulations and thank you to every member of the Nelson 5 team!
Autumn 2020, Tam Warczynski
Nurse Practitioner Tam Warczynski was nominated for a DAISY Award by a patient for her years of support, encouragement and knowledgeable care planning throughout his very complicated medical and surgical diagnoses. Feeling hopeless at times, his story acknowledges how Tam's persistence, and determination to see him through, was all the strength he needed to get back to living life to the fullest. “Tam persevered with me – through three major surgeries, with two major complications, nerves that made it impossible to sleep – and she held my hand when my family was not close. Tam is one-of-a-kind. Thank you for all you do, have done, and will do for your patients. You helped me find my life again.”
Summer 2020, Rachel Anderson
The nomination for our Summer 2020 DAISY Award winner came from a patient who received an unexpected, life-changing diagnosis. As he lay in his hospital bed after major surgery, feeling defeated and alone, without family around him due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions, he met nurse Rachel Anderson. After talking with the patient and sensing his distress, Rachel shared that she too had been through the same procedure and was able to reassure him that it would in fact get better. “I had waited until she left the room before I broke down and cried. These were healing tears and tears of joy. She had given me hope and inspiration when I felt so alone, broken and in despair. She understood my despair - SHE GOT ME. I will never forget how she made me feel. I will share this story with anyone who will listen, until the day I die.”
Spring 2020, Stephanie Zero
COVID-19 has led to countless changes around The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and nurses and other staff members have had to quickly adapt in response to the pandemic. Stephanie Zero, a nurse on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and our Spring 2020 DAISY Award winner, did more than just adapt to these changes, she embraced them. Stephanie was nominated by a colleague for her dedication and exemplary leadership as they transitioned this pediatric unit to also care for critically ill adults. She went above and beyond to educate her fellow PICU staff members to care for adult patients and helped to prepare the unit with the necessary resources to serve this population. “I am so thankful that Stephanie stepped up for our unit and I think every single patient that we receive in this new unit will be safer and better cared for directly because of Stephanie Zero.”
March 2020, Allison Green
Our March 2020 DAISY Award highlighted the compassion and dedication of one of our outstanding nurses, Allison Green, from the Medical Progressive Care Unit, Nelson 5. Nominated by one of her peers who was moved by her commitment to the patient and their family, Allison chose to stay hours into the next shift to make sure both the patient and family were supported through the patient’s end of life process. Connecting with family and the patient, Allison ensured this devastating situation could be met with kindness and support through the care she provided. “Allison stayed with the patient and family to see it through and provided this patient and family with a dignified death for their loved one”.
February 2020, Stefanie Ness
The DAISY Award ceremony for our February winner, Stephanie Ness, was quite a departure from our typical celebration. Instead of presenting the award in a room jam packed with Stefanie’s colleagues and Johns Hopkins leaders there to celebrate this incredible recognition, the awards ceremony was done over video conference. However, the reason wasn’t entirely to do with the COVID-19 crisis – instead it was another reason to celebrate – Stefanie was home on maternity leave!
Stefanie was nominated for the DAISY Award by the mother of a patient who was feeling completely overwhelmed by a scary, unexpected diagnosis for her daughter as well as the vast amount of information, treatment options and medications that she and her family were presented with. “Stefanie touched our lives at the moment we needed it most and helped us more than she knows.”
January 2020, Cindy Ryan
Nurse Cindy Ryan’s care for one patient was so extraordinary, it not only inspired the patient’s husband to nominate her for a DAISY Award, it also inspired him want to “become a team member in such a loving hospital.” The heartwarming nomination letter illustrates Cindy’s natural ability to connect with a patient in a way only she could, from the perspective of the patient's spouse. Cindy’s compassionate care helped the patient open up, build trust and, most importantly, heal. “Mrs. Cindy is not just helping her get well and recover, but also helped her to recognize life is worth living and to love doing so.”
December 2019, Kellie Le
On any given night, pediatric emergency department nurse Kellie Le may care for a number of patients and families in distress. However, on one night in particular, her impact on one new mother made such an impression that it earned her this month’s DAISY Award. The mother and her infant daughter were transferred to The Johns Hopkins Hospital from another facility and it was Kellie’s compassionate, calming nature and open communication that made this mother finally feel at ease, noting that Kellie not only took expert care of her baby, but didn’t forget that families often need caring too. “Her heart is so pure and you absolutely, without a doubt, know her passion is for nursing and children. She checked in on us, and me, frequently. She not only explained everything she was doing but offered that I come and watch so that I felt comfortable with everything that was going on.”
November 2019, Yesenia Eisenhardt
After a long, and mentally and physically challenging shift, Yesenia stayed well beyond her scheduled hours to console and reassure a patient during a devastating time. Yesenia was nominated by another nurse on her unit who witnessed this act of grace and compassion and was inspired by what she saw in this seemingly simple, yet profound gesture. “I don’t know whether she thought twice about it in the moment, but Yesenia found enough in herself left to be a new stranger’s emotional anchor for a few more hours—and she gave it. Walking by her that evening and realizing what she was doing, and the emotional and mental fortitude it must have taken to do, it made me want to try harder.”
October 2019, Lisa Riendeau
Our October 2019 DAISY Award recognized an outstanding nurse from the Epilepsy Monitor Unit, Zayed 12 East, Lisa Riendeau. Lisa was nominated by the wife of a patient who described her as being “a truly caring and dedicated nurse” and going above and beyond to be “an advocate for my husband.” Not only were all of Lisa’s colleagues and several members of the hospital’s leadership team there to surprise her with the award, the patient and his wife were able to attend as well, which made the celebration that much more meaningful.
September 2019, Kate Whitney
Being in the hospital can be a scary, stressful experience for any patient, but even more so for a high-risk patient who doesn’t speak English and is here alone. That was the situation for one of Kate Whitney’s patients in the labor and delivery unit. The patient, who only spoke Spanish, was lucky enough to have Kate, a fluent Spanish speaker, as her nurse. Not only was Kate able to communicate with the patient, over the length of her stay at The Johns Hopkins Hospital they formed a special bond. “Kate went above and beyond to support this patient, including staying late, washing her hair and was even considering interrupting her vacation to come in for the patient’s procedure.”
August 2019, Sue Chun
The August DAISY Award brought us to Meyer 4, the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, to celebrate this month’s winner, Sue Chun. Sue was nominated by a patient who was beyond grateful for her patience, empathy, and compassion during a very difficult time. In her candid and touching nomination letter, the patient wrote, “Sue, I am thanking you for being there for me. I thank you for helping me challenge my thoughts, look out for my well-being, and push me to be honest even when I feel like I cannot. I thank you on behalf of all the patients who you have helped and for the future patients who have the chance to have you as their nurse.”
July 2019, Erika Faass
She only began working at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in April, but in just three short months Erika Faass, a nurse in the child and adolescent psychiatry unit at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has made a lasting impact on her patients. In the letter nominating Erika for a DAISY Award, a former patients writes about how Erika listened to her, supported her, and was calming and comforting presence during a very difficult time. “That was such a meaningful experience to me because she made me realize that it was okay to feel what I was feeling… the compassion and patience that Ms. Erika has shown me, repeatedly, has made all the difference in my recovery. She has given me hope.”
June 2019, Willard Will
It’s not every day that you read a DAISY Award nomination letter describing the incredible care and compassion a nurse provided for a patient outside of the hospital or clinic setting. However, in the case of June 2019 DAISY winner Willard Will, a nurse on the general medicine unit Meyer 9, that was just the case. Willard was nominated by a patient for providing both excellent care while they were in the hospital, and for going far above and beyond – quite a long distance in fact – to see that the patient had everything he needed back at home.
May 2019, Amy Stewart
Amy Stewart, a nurse in the Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit, was nominated for a DAISY Award by not one but three nursing colleagues for her extraordinary efforts to help patient’s wish come true – to see her daughter get married. Amy coordinated with medical and facilities staff at The Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as the patient and her family to host a wedding on hospital grounds. From getting the courtyard where the ceremony and reception were to be held power washed to helping the mother-of-the-bride get dresses and do her hair and makeup for the ceremony, Amy ensured that no detail was overlooked. “Amy's greatest gift was allowing the patient, for a brief time, to simply be the mother of the bride for her daughter's wedding.”
April 2019, Trent Cunningham
It may have been unusual to see so many Johns Hopkins Hospital executive leaders gathered in a tiny breakroom in the Weinberg building on a Saturday afternoon, but they were there for a very good reason – to surprise Trent Cunningham with a DAISY Award. Also in attendance was the family of the patient Trent had cared for. The patient’s daughter, speaking on behalf of the entire family, had submitted the nomination, recognizing Trent for the kind, compassionate care he provided to their father. “What was ultimately so remarkable and special about Nurse Cunningham, was the very tender humanity and the selfless dignity in his care for Dad.”
March 2019, Nan Ding
Nan Ding got a big surprise when he walked into the team room on his unit, Zayed 11 West, the urology/thoracic unit, on March 28. The small room was packed with Nan’s colleagues, mentors, members of the Johns Hopkins Hospital leadership team, and the patient and his family who had nominated Nan for a DAISY Award. In his winning DAISY Award nomination letter, the patient wrote that Nan “went above and beyond in his duty of care and compassion. He patiently explained and helped our family (three generations of us) understand how and why the care was needed and how to administer feeding tube medication at home.”
February 2019, Grace Babia
On March 1, 2019, Grace Babia, a nurse in the Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric operating room, was presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Grace was nominated by her nurse manager for truly going above and beyond to support a patient and his family who came to Johns Hopkins from the Philippines for a rare, life-changing surgery. Grace took the family under her wing during their two-month-long stay at Johns Hopkins and later in recovery at the Children’s House, providing them not just with companionship and expert nursing care, but also with many of the comforts of home, including food from their culture and clothes to keep them warm during the winter months here in Baltimore.