DAISY Award Recipients

The DAISY Award honors and celebrates the skillful and compassionate care nurses provide every day.

September 2019

Congratulations to Darlene Faust, RN, CAPA SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge, the recipient of Reading Hospital's DAISY Award for September 2019.

"When I entered the recovery unit I saw 3 nurses surrounding my daughter, who is 22 and has special needs. I thought maybe something had gone wrong with her eye muscle surgery. What was wrong was that under anesthesia, she was confused and strongly fighting the urge to touch her eye. It took a total of 5 nurses to hold her down and prevent that. They had restrained her with sheets. Upon seeing her I could see her confusion and frustration which was surprising since she has had many surgeries. 2 of the nurses left, with Darlene remaining as our "primary" care nurse in recovery. She explained what had happened and reassured us that Alle was at all times, safe but that they needed to help keep her that way by restraining her from touching the surgical site. We discovered that she too, was the gifted artist who so beautifully painted the intake rooms with such inspirational words. She was very selfless and seemed to think her artistic gifts were a hidden talent which most didn't know about her. She provided expert medical care and most of all, excellent communication with both my daughter and me. She went out of her way to create a pink "story" for my daughter with pink sunglasses and pink medical tape. She seemed genuinely pleased that Alle "came out" of her argumentative state right out of surgery....and so were we. Upon our discharge, she took her time to show us the rest of the rooms throughout the floor, starting with the Little Mermaid and jungle room which especially pleased our daughter. Darlene is a special nurse with a very beautiful gift as an artist. You are fortunate to have her as a spokesperson for your facility not just through her medical skill but her communication abilities through word, attitude and art. It is an authentic gift to bring joy to the world in such a beautiful combination of enriching gifts and talents."

DAISY Award winner Darlene Faust, RN, CAPA SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge

August 2019

Congratulations to Emilee Bartolo, BSN, RN, CWOCN, the recipient of Reading Hospital's DAISY Award for Sepember 2019.

"My fiancé was seen at The Reading Hospital Wound Center to treat his diabetic foot ulcers. I was able to file a motion and get a medical furlough granted so that he could be released in order for him to seek appropriate and competent medical care. We arrived at the wound center filled with concerns, questions and in need of medical help for him. Emilee S Bartolo, RN IV was our nurse and she was absolutely amazing. She took such good care of my fiancé. We came to her in a desperate time of need with so many concerns, issues and questions. She took the time to listen. She addressed every single one of our concerns, she made us both feel heard, she did not judge and as a result she gained our trust. Emilee delivered exceptional care and we couldn't be anymore grateful. She demonstrated patience, compassion, intelligence, devotion, and advocacy for him. She advocated his medical needs and restrictions medical division so that his transition back to the institution can be seamless. As a student nurse, I strive to be as good as she is and exhibit all of those traits. Like Nightingale's lamp, she shined light where there was darkness. He and I are so grateful from the bottom of our hearts for her shining a little bit of light during this difficult time for him . I've nominated Emilee for a DAISY Award because we want to say Thank You for the skillful and compassionate care she delivered to him. She has made a difference we will never forget."

DAISY Award winner Emilee Bartolo, BSN, RN, CWOCN

July 2019

Congratulations to Michele Miller, RNC-OB, L and D R2S, the recipient of Reading Hospital's DAISY Award for July 2019.

"I had HELLP syndrome, stroke and an emergency c-section. I have no memories of the birth of my child. My husband was not permitted into operation room due to the serious circumstances. This thoughtful nurse and mother went above and beyond and took pictures with my cell phone, capturing this special moment for me and my family when we could not. I was unable to see my baby for 3 more days while recovering from my stroke but these pictures kept me strong and brought me joy during the most emotionally and physically challenging time of my life. Thank you, Michele."

DAISY Award winner Michele Miller, RNC-OB, L and D R25

June 2019

Congratulations to Sameer Masih, BSN RN Nurse N2W, the recipient of Reading Hospital's DAISY Award for June 2019.

DAISY Award winner Sameer Masih, RN

May 2019

Congratulations to Diana Arango, RN (left), the recipient of Reading Hospital's DAISY Award for May 2019. She is pictured with her nurse manager, Roseann Mucci.

DAISY Award winner Diana Arango, RN

April 2019

Congratulations to Jessica Smith, BSN, RN, the recipient of April 2019's DAISY Award.go

DAISY Award Recipient Jessica Smith, BSN, RN

March 2019

Congratulations to Jessica Miller, RN, of the Beginnings Maternity Center, the recipient of March 2019's DAISY Award.

DAISY Award Winnder Jessica Miller, RN

February 2019

Congratulations to Riki Norton, RN, from T5, who won the DAISY Award for February 2019.

DAISY Award Riki Norton

January 2019

January's DAISY Award Winner is Laura Mauroschadt, RN clinical nurse on T4.

DAISY Award Laura Mauroschadt, RN

December 2018

December's DAISY Award Winner is Pamela Sarita, RN.

DAISY Award Pamela Sarita, RN

November 2018

November's DAISY Award winner is Jill Sweigart, RN, Infusion Center.

DAISY Award Winner Jill Sweigart, RN

October 2018

October's DAISY Award winner is Jo Garthe, BSN, RN on N2W.

Jo Garthe

Jo Garthe, BSN, RN on N2W (left) with Mary Agnew, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

September 2018

September's DAISY Award winner is Samuel Garver, RN, T3. Sam demonstrated caring practices through the no-pass zone, assisting a patient in need. He applied knowledge from his nurse residency evidenced-based practice project to utilize aromatherapy to ease nausea in a non-pharmacologic way. We are so honored to have Sam as a nurse at Reading Hospital.

DAISY Award Samuel Garver

August 2018

August's DAISY Award winner is Collins Okyere, RN, N2 South.

DAISY Award Collins Okyere

July 2018

Reading Hospital's first DAISY Award was presented to Travis Chapa, a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department.

DAISY Award Travis Chapa

Travis Chapa, second from left, with: Tim Marks, ED Division Director; Mary Agnew, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer; and Martin Camacho, ED Nurse Manager

I had HELLP syndrome, stroke and an emergency c-section. I have no memories of the birth of my child. My husband was not permitted into operation room due to the serious circumstances. This thoughtful nurse and mother went above and beyond and took pictures with my cell phone, capturing this special moment for me and my family when we could not. I was unable to see my baby for 3 more days while recovering from my stroke but these pictures kept me strong and brought me joy during the most emotionally and physically challenging time of my life. Thank you, Michele.