DAISY Award Honorees

In memory of Patrick Barnes who passed away at the age of 33 in 1999 from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP),  his family established the DAISY Foundation. They vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization and wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program – The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award)  honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.

For more information visit the DAISY Foundation website

The Center for Nursing wishes to recognize New York State nurses and organizations who have been honored with the DAISY Award!

2016 Award Honorees


Calvary Hospital:
  • Jazmin Bush
Cohen Children’s Medical Center:
  • Melissa Sands
Crouse Hospital:
  • Margaret Race
  • Olga Marshall
  • Belinda Blanck
  • Carol McCaffrey
  • Jan Crumb
  • Mary Flood
  • Kate Egan
Erie County Medical Center:
  • Stephanie Blair
  • Kimberly Degnan
Glens Falls Hospital:
  • Paulette Pelkey
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital:
  • Jennifer Zeman
Maimonides Medical Center:
  • Kitty Lee
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
  • Kara Stemplewicz
  • Brenda Ryan
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s:
  • Sofia Melledis
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center:
  • Maria Sabanal
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center:
  • EJ Vasco-Roldan
  • Judy Blieka
  • Stephanie Visciano
  • Toni Spina
  • Lyndon Custodio
  • Van Fagert
North Shore University Hospital:
  • Rosemarie Cacciola-Merelli
  • David Soong
  • Nancy Mishanie
  • Luann Dinh
NYU Lutheran Medical Center:
  • Tracey-Ann Knight
Orange Regional Medical Center:
  • Michele Worden
  • Kim Yablonski
  • Sara Rodriguez
  • Patti King
St. Joseph’s Health:
  • Peggy Huntsinger
  • Jack Amodio
  • Debbie Powless
  • Karen Allen
  • Samantha Witherell
  • Roman Batyuk
St. Mary’s Home & Community Programs:
  • Lois Long
Upstate University Hospital Health System:
  • Natasha Zmitrowitz
  • Nicole Cathcart
  • Brian Frank
  • James Fitzgerald
  • Catherine Alexander
  • Beth Corrice
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System:
  • Tara Hunt
Westchester Medical Center:
  • Samantha Schulte
  • Kevin Davis
  • Stephanie Lubich
  • Gina Secara
  • Peter Llewellyn
White Plains Hospital:
  • Nancy Jones
  • Janet Gaynor