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The September DAISY Award winner is Julia Amell!

November 15, 2023

A program to recognize the care and compassion of extraordinary nurses continues at UHS with Julia Amell, BSN, Unit Coordinator, South Tower 4 at UHS Wilson Medical Center, being named the September winner of the DAISY Award! Julia 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 South Tower 4 nurse was nominated by colleague Kayla Prosinski. In her nomination letter, Kayla spoke about how Julia exemplifies every UHS value day in and day out. She spoke about how Julia stays present, and goes above and beyond for her staff, patients and family. She describes Julia as a smiling face when that is needed most.  As South Tower 4 unit coordinator, Julia makes the environment one for staff and patients to enjoy. Kayla goes on to mention how Julia goes out of her way to prioritize her unit. even being willing to put her office work aside at any moment to assist with patient care or simply be there for someone no matter if they have been on staff for a day or years.

"I personally have witnessed Julia change someone's day with her compassion," said Kayla. "She is an innovative leader who gained the trust of all her staff through respect by continuing to better the unit and advocating for her staff. We could not ask for a better unit coordinator."

Thank you to Julia for displaying such Respect and Compassion to your staff and 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.

September 2023 DAISY Award Winner