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DAISY Award Winner Earns Praise for Compassion and Professionalism


East Norriton, PA (08/30/2022)—Nicola Yori, RN, ICU, recently received the DAISY Award for administering care to a patient’s mother in the ICU.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care nurses provide for patients and families every day. The nomination letter for Yori’s award praised the astonishing level of compassion and comfort she provided for the patient’s mother.

One of the family members who nominated Yori spent 40 years in the army and began the letter with high praise, saying that “she should receive the Meritorious Service Medal,” a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves with outstanding service.

The nomination letter noted that “Nicola helped give me the courage to be a comfort to my mother. She helped my mother be at peace with her choice. Nicola helped in every way. She helped to make us feel welcome. She made sure we were supported throughout the day. She was a true blessing for all of us.”

The letter concluded: “Thanks to you all for all the things you do. It makes a difference!”

Yori was the first nurse at Suburban Community Hospital to be nominated for the DAISY award since the program recently started. She will sign the DAISY Award banner, and it will be displayed in the hospital’s ICU Unit until the next nomination.

“I’m just honestly in shock,” Yori said after receiving the award.

During the ceremony, Yori received the DAISY certificate, a DAISY Award Pin to wear on her name badge, and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe, Africa. Additionally, Yori and her co-workers were treated to cinnamon rolls, which honor the memory of the late patient Patrick Barnes, who once ate his father’s cinnamon roll while in the hospital, though he hadn’t had an appetite for food. Barnes then requested a roll for the next day – and enough for all the nurses in the unit. The hope is that whenever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they’ll stop for a moment to think about how special their contributions are to the health care community.

The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

“At Suburban Community Hospital, we take great pride in providing patient-centered, high-quality care to the Montgomery County community. Our nurses play an essential role in enhancing the patient experience by consistently demonstrating excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care,” said James Hazlett, chief nursing officer of Suburban Community Hospital.

Nomination forms are available throughout Suburban Community Hospital, or they can be submitted online at The nominations are reviewed, and award winners are selected annually by the DAISY Award committee from various departments through the organization.