October 2016 NewsFlash

Award-Winning Nurses Recognized at Pocono Medical Center

September 22, 2016 (East Stroudsburg, PA) – Nurses at Pocono Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

“Our Joint Replacement program provides treatment that best-suits the needs of our patients,” said Patricia Frazier, RN, BSN, Manager of 3B. “It’s an honor to work with nurses like Nicole, who does everything she can to improve quality of life by optimizing patient mobility and reuniting them with the activities they love.”

Septembers DAISY Award recipient goes to Nicole Cecire, RN of the 3B Department. Nicole was nominated by a patient who received care from her, “Throughout my short stay on 3B, Nicole Cecire consistently demonstrated nursing characteristics of the highest quality. On the few occasions I needed to ring for a nurse, Nicole was there within minutes. Although I knew I pulled her away from other tasks, she never entered my room without wearing a smile. Her demeanor was such that she made me feel that, at that particular moment, my needs were all that mattered to her. She was positive and friendly. She listened attentively to my concerns or needs. She responded in a caring and compassionate manner. When working with me, she made it clear that my comfort, my safety, my improved health were her only concern. Her expertise with the various pieces of equipment used and her medical knowledge were beyond reproach. And Nicole did her job, always, with a smile. She never left my room without a word of encouragement or an incredibly kind remark.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

“It’s important that our nurses and our community know how much we value the work that our nurses do every day in exceeding the standards for patient care,” said Elizabeth Wise, RN, MSN, MBA, DrNP(c), NEA-BC, CENP, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Pocono Medical Center. “The DAISY Award provides a way for us to express that.”

Each month, a nurse will be selected by Pocono Medical Center’s nursing administration to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The 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." The honoree will also be given 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 Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Pocono Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at

Pocono Medical Center (PMC) is a non-profit, nationally recognized hospital that has served the region for over 100 years. PMC has three comprehensive healthcare centers located in Bartonsville, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville, and 21 primary and specialty care physician practices. PMC has one of the busiest and most-experienced emergency departments in the state with a fully-accredited Level III Trauma Center, Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and Hip and Knee Program. Backed by the region’s most robust team of over 230 physicians and providers, PMC offers a full continuum of care from clinical and acute care services to specialized services such as the state-of-the art cancer center and comprehensive cardiovascular care. PMC and the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice both received a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ranking PMC in the top 20% in the nation. PMC also serves as a designated, regional leader in safety as one of only 33 hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group and as recipient of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Award. For more information or to learn more, please visit our website at

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