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Meghan Frye is the December DAISY Award Winner!

January 24, 2023

A program to recognize the care and compassion of extraordinary nurses continues at UHS with Meghan Frye, RN, UHS Hospitals Birthing Center, being named the December winner of the DAISY Award! Meghan 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 Birthing Center nurse was nominated by Kailey Huff, RN, a colleague. In her nomination letter, Kailey spoke about a patient on Labor and Delivery whom Meghan went above and beyond for. The patient had been admitted for close to a month due to medical needs and monitoring of the unborn baby. On the day of delivery, the mother did not have any support people with her, so Meghan sat down with the mother and held her hand through the delivery. Meghan provided encouraging words to help keep her calm and after the baby was born, Meghan took photos of the baby on the mother’s phone, before the baby went to the NICU.

"Meghan stood by this mother and provided very heartfelt and sincere support in a difficult situation." said Kailey. "As a fellow nurse and team member, watching Meghan throughout this process was very encouraging and inspiring."

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.

December 2022 DAISY Award Winner