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Published on January 28, 2013

Nazareth Hospital Recognizes Karen Ackerman, RN, With DAISY Award

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (January 28, 2013): Nazareth Hospital’s Professional Practice Council recently launched a new recognition program for nursing -- the DAISY Award program -- and ICU/CPU’s Karen Ackerman, RN, was honored as the first recipient. Karen was nominated by Beth Ann White from the Respiratory Department.  Executive Director Nancy Cherone and VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer Michael F. Beshel presented Karen with her award on January 23 in a ceremony at Nazareth’s cafeteria.

Michael Beshel said, “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that. We congratulate Karen and the ICU/PCU staff.”

Here is an excerpt of the nomination submitted by the Respiratory Department’s Beth Ann White: “As a Respiratory Therapist at Nazareth for 26 plus years, I have worked with a multitude of RNs, but to me no one can hold a candle to Karen Ackerman.  Karen, for many years is the go-to person for any RN, RT, or any other member of the health care team.  She is the most knowledgeable about all aspects of nursing and instills confidence in her care for the patients.  To me, and many of my co-workers, she is what an Intensive Care Nurse should be.  She is always calm and professional in sometimes a very tense situation.  The true test is that I would want this nurse to take care of one of my family members.  She has taken care of one -- my dad -- with excellence, compassion and completely put him at ease.  Nazareth is very lucky to have an RN of Karen’s skill and experience.  We are lucky for all she has taught us along the way. “ 

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick “Pat” Barnes.  The care Patrick received inspired the Barnes family to create the DAISY Awards to recognize nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.

Each quarter, a Nazareth nurse will be selected to receive The DAISY Award from nominations submitted by patients, visitors, physicians, other nurses or team members.  The DAISY certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” 

Each honoree receives a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit.  The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving cinnamon rolls to nurses in the award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

To learn more about Nazareth Hospital, call 1.866.NAZARETH.

Christy A. McCabe

Director, Marketing Communications
215.962.9893
cmccabe@mercyhealth.org
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
215.335.6000

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