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DAISY Award Winner Earns Praise for Compassion and Professionalism

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DAISY Award Winner Earns Praise for Compassion and Professionalism



Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Marketing and Communications

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.


About DAISY Award: The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by members of Patrick Barnes’ family. Barnes died at the age of 33 of complications of ITP. Like the many families nurses see every day who go through this kind of horrific loss, the Barnes family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive and to do something that would honor the very special man Patrick Barnes was. As a result, they came up with DAISY – an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System - and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Their intent was to offer patients, families, and co-workers a way to express their gratitude to nurses and to acknowledge the amazing work nurses do every day. As many of you know, we participate in The DAISY Award, which recognizes, honors, and celebrates our nurses throughout the year. What started out as a thank you from the Barnes family to nurses has grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world.

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