Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Lisa Sullivan as a DAISY Award Recipient
Crozer-Keystone Health System recently recognized Lisa Sullivan, R.N. of Newtown Square, a maternal/child health nurse at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, as a recipient of the DAISY Award. This award recognizes nurses who consistently meet each of the following criteria: Dedicated, Autonomous, Innovative, Selfless and Extraordinary. Sullivan was nominated for the award by one of her patients.
Sullivan’s patient arrived on DCMH’s Maternal/Child Health Unit with severe abdominal pain. From the moment she met Sullivan, the patient knew she was in the hands of a kind, compassionate and competent nurse. “Lisa held my hand and encouraged me that everything was going to be alright when I was at my breaking point,” the patient said. “She listened to what I wanted, not what she wanted for me. We both came up with a plan for my pain management together.”
“Lisa is a ‘superwoman,’” says Rose Amato, R.N.C.-OB, B.S.N., MHA, nurse director of the Maternal/Child Health Unit at DCMH. “She works hard on the third shift, and when she’s done she goes home to see her husband off to work and take care of her four children. But when she’s here, her patients are her family. That’s exactly how she treats them, and they feel her concern for their well-being. Lisa deserves this very special honor.”
“[That night,] Lisa ran around all night like an Olympic marathon runner – never complaining or looking exhausted,” Sullivan’s patient said. “To take time out when I am in the most pain to talk to me as a human being – not just as a patient – made me feel safe and secure. This is why I am nominating this sweet, hardworking, selfless, innovative, and very extraordinary woman for your very prestigious DAISY Award.”
DAISY Foundation and DAISY Award
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications from an autoimmune disease. The care that Barnes and his family received from nurses throughout his illness inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Each DAISY Award honoree is recognized at a public ceremony on his or her unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a beautifully hand-carved stone sculpture. In addition, the unit celebrates their colleague’s achievement with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, which were a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.