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Stephie Safari is the November DAISY Award Winner!

March 01, 2024

A program to recognize the care and compassion of extraordinary nurses continues at UHS with Stephie Safari, BSN, UHS Neuro Step Down Suite, being named the November winner of the DAISY Award! Stephie 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 Neuro Step Down Unit nurse was nominated by colleague Natalie Keefer. In her nomination letter, Natalie spoke about how Stephie shows compassion to every single patient she encounters. She went on to talk about the respect Stephie shows consistently to both co-workers and patients and how she handles every situation with a calm demeanor. She also talks about how willing Stephie is to help others and to guide and teach them to make them better caregivers.

"In my whole 27 years of working in healthcare, I have never seen a more compassionate, respectful, and trusted person," said Natalie Keefer. "She is the most caring healthcare worker I have ever met. Stephie should be a mentor. She is a great teacher and a great asset to the hospital."

Thank you to Stephie for displaying such Compassion, Trust and Respect to your co-workers 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.

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