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Our latest DAISY Award winner is Margaret Heath!

March 25, 2024

A program to recognize the care and compassion of extraordinary nurses continues at UHS with Margaret Heath, BSN, RN, Krembs 5 at UHS Binghamton General Hospital, being named the December winner of the DAISY Award! Margaret 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 Krembs 5 nurse was nominated by a patient she cared for. In the nomination letter, the patient spoke about how she had received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for many years, but in those years had never met a more kind, compassionate and caring person as Margaret. The patient went on to talk about how Margaret helped her through the darkest times, and was always pleasant and willing to step in and pick up the pieces when the team needed extra help. The patient  spoke about how Margaret is a great listener and always takes time to listen no matter how busy she is. 

"Not only is she a great nurse, but she is truly a genuine and caring person. She is a team player and works hard," said the nominaing patient. "I know that if things get tough for me, Margaret will be there to listen and give me strength and kind words to guide me through the tough times. She is definitely one of a kind and deserves to be recognized for being such a great nurse. Thank you, Margaret!"

Thank you to Margaret for displaying such Compassion and Respect to your patients, a stellar example of our team living "The UHS Way!"

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 2023 DAISY Award Winner