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Joshua Barahona is the June DAISY Award Winner!

August 12, 2022

A program to recognize the care and compassion of extraordinary nurses continues at UHS with Joshua Barahona, LPN, UHS Primary Care Sidney, being named the June winner of the DAISY Award! Josh was recognized and presented with the award for the achievement, and enjoyed cinnamon rolls, a symbolic treat in honor of Patrick Barnes, whose experience inspired the award.

The UHS Primary Care nurse was nominated by a patient's mom. In her nomination letter, the mother spoke about her 18yr old son who was going through a very difficult time mentally and emotionally. Her son went to CPEP and had many follow up appointments. At one of his follow ups with Rohan Jayasena, MD, he met Josh, who is Dr. Jayasena's nurse. Josh showed great compassion and respect for her son and what he was experiencing. Josh even reached out and offered to take her son hiking to help him find something healthy to focus on. He inspired a love of hiking which has greatly helped the son heal from his pandemic inspired anxiety and depression. 

"Today my son is happy, healthy and an avid hiker." the mother said, "Josh deserves the Daisy award because being a nurse is more than a job to him. He truly helps his patients heal."

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after the Seattle man died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, the family members deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his loved ones. When he died, they felt compelled to say thank you to nurses in a very public way. To learn more, visit DAISYFoundation.org

Started at UHS in April 2021, nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff - anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary care being provided by a nurse.

Nominations are submitted by using a form found on NYUHS.org. On this form, the person will be able to tell the story of why they are nominating the nurse, while also choosing which UHS Value (Compassion, Trust, Respect, Teamwork, Innovation) the nurse displayed.

If you have any questions, please contact Toni Nash at (607) 763-6896 or send an email to daisy@nyuhs.org.

June 2022 DAISY Award Winner