DELRAY BEACH, FL
– Delray Medical Center recently recognized five extraordinary nurses as finalists for the DAISY Award. Out of the five finalists, Susan Lorenzo, a Surgical/Orthopedic (Surg/Ortho)
nurse, was chosen as the overall winner of this quarter’s award.
“Susan is truly deserving of this award,” said Barbara Nathanson, the director of the Surg/Ortho unit at Delray Medical Center. “She’s an amazing nurse, providing all of her patients and their families with a great sense of caring and compassion.”
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a special program that rewards the outstanding efforts nurses perform everyday. It was created by the DAISY Foundation (a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System), which was founded in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family members after they experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate caring of their son’s nurses. Barnes passed away in 1999 as a result of an auto-immune disease. As a participant in the DAISY program, Delray Medical Center will be giving the DAISY Award to deserving nurses each quarter.
Lorenzo, this quarter’s DAISY Award winner, received several nominations from patients and their family members, as well as her fellow staff members at Delray Medical Center. She has been employed with Delray Medical Center since 1991 and has been working on the Surg/Ortho unit for all of that time. In addition to Lorenzo, four other nurses were nominated for the award, including Ebonee Blackwood, David LaQuerre, Jessica Zayne and Tony Boulch.
“We’re so proud to be among the many hospitals nationwide participating in the DAISY program,” said Audrey Gregory, Chief Nursing Officer at Delray Medical Center. “Nurses are heroes each and every day, and this is a wonderful way of showing them that their work is so highly valued.”
At a presentation in front of her peers, Lorenzo received a special hand-crafted African Shona Tribe sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” an award pin, a certificate of appreciation and a bouquet of daisies. The four finalists were also recognized with pins and daisy bouquets for their outstanding work. Additionally, the DAISY Foundation helped all of the nurses at Delray Medical Center celebrate this special day by delivering cinnamon rolls as an added surprise to say “thank you for everything you do.” This tradition is carried on at each DAISY Award ceremony in memory of Barnes’ first gesture of appreciation toward the nursing staff that cared for him throughout his illness. Cinnamon rolls were Barnes’ favorite treat, so he’d asked his family to deliver them to his nurses many years ago.