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Congratulations to Suburban Hospital’s 2023 DAISY Award recipient!

One evening this past week, we had the unfortunate experience of dealing with a patient experiencing a cardiac arrest. You may say it’s an emergency room; they always deal with that. However, this individual was an 18-year-old male.

The entire emergency department nursing staff went into action to resuscitate this individual.  We worked on him for an extended period, but it did not result in a positive outcome.

The patient had multiple siblings and his mother, who came to see him after his death.

Nakisha Abodunde was a recent addition to our emergency department staff; she was still in the beginning weeks of her orientation. We were unaware of her previous work history before joining the Suburban Community Hospital emergency department team. Yet, while others might have hesitated to get involved, she stepped in to assist.

What struck us the most was her compassion and caring attitude to this patient’s mother and younger siblings. It occurred close to the end of the shift, and many staff members were eager to give shift reports and leave after their long day, yet Nakisha remained in the room.

One by one, the younger siblings came in to receive the news from their mother, who was already at the bedside, to say their goodbyes. Nakisha stood with them and comforted them.

Empathy is often defined as the ability to understand and share another person’s feelings. It is a fundamental quality that allows us to respond to the emotional needs of others. The staff witnessed her shedding her own tears as she supported the younger siblings with a supportive and comforting hand on their shoulders as they sat next to their deceased brother. She was ready to be an active listener if needed.

“As I was documenting the event in the electronic medical records (EMR), a fellow co-worker with many years of experience approached me and said, “I’m not sure of her name, but she was amazing in there with that family.”

She went above and beyond staying with the family, even though her shift was about to end; she felt it was more important to stay with the family during this difficult time.

We are fortunate to have Nakisha as a member of our staff.









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About the Daisy Award: The DAISY Award is an international recognition program started in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Pat’s family experienced first-hand the difference his nurses made in his care through clinical excellence and outstanding compassionate care. The family created The DAISY Award to express gratitude to nurses and to enable other patients, families, and staff to thank and honor their special nurses. Please visit to learn more about Pat’s story and how The DAISY Award recognizes Extraordinary Nurses.

About Suburban Community Hospital: Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted, and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit

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