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Berkeley Medical ICU nurse receives DAISY Award

July 14, 2013
  • Angela Gray, RN, middle, Berkeley Medical Center's first-quarter recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses, receives her award from Theresa Maloney, left, nurse director of the Intensive Care Unit, and Donna Clews, right, vice president of patient-care services and chief nursing officer.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley Medical Center’s Nurse Work Life Council named Angela Gray, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and float pool, as the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for the first quarter of 2013.

The award was presented to Gray during a recent ceremony at the medical center. She received a certificate, along with a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which was carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The DAISY, or Diseases Attacking the Immune System, award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day. Nurses at University Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are being honored throughout the year with the award, which is being sponsored by the two University Healthcare foundations.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, an autoimmune disease.

The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.

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