Excellence in Nursing: DAISY Foundation Award Winners

The globally adopted awards program recognized 182 nurses and six teams in New Jersey in 2019.

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In November 1999, after an eight-week hospitalization, J. Patrick Barnes died from complications of an autoimmune disease. Days after his death, his family launched the DAISY Foundation—an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system—honoring the nursing support Barnes had received. Throughout his health ordeal, Barnes’s family was struck by the level of care, compassion and guidance given by his team of nurses.

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Launched in Barnes’s home state of Washington, the DAISY Awards program has been adopted by healthcare facilities worldwide. Awardees may be nominated by a patient, family member, doctor, colleague or anyone who is moved by the dedication, skill and compassion of a nurse at a participating hospital or other healthcare facility.

New Jersey has more than 70 participating DAISY hospitals and partner facilities. In 2019, DAISY participants reported honors for 182 individual nurses and six teams in 34 specialties. Here is the complete list.

Brenda Acquah
Degree: SN
Student
Middlesex County College Nursing Program

Karina Agajanov
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Clara Maass Medical Center

Mary Aguilar
Degrees: BS, BSN, RN-BC
Medical/Surgical
CentraState Medical Center

Rachel Albrecth
Degree: RN
Telemetry
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Juliet Alvear
Degrees: BSN, RN
Adult Critical Care
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Joanne Anscher
Degree: RN
Labor & Delivery
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Natalie Arrosa
Degree: RN
Emergency Department
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Carmen Arteche
Degrees: BSN, RN
Pediatrics
Clara Maass Medical Center

Allison Atnip
Degrees: RN, CMSRN
Medical/Surgical
Newton Medical Center

Frances Baker
Degree: RNC-OB
Labor & Delivery
Clara Maass Medical Center

Walkidia “Kitty” Batista
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical/Surgical
Holy Name Medical Center

Charles Bay
Degrees: RN, BSN
Intensive Care
Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer

Lovely Beaucluche
Degree: RN
Infusion Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Serge-Alain Benoit
Student
Caldwell University, School of Nursing and Public Health

Francis Bergonio
Degree: RN
Intensive Care
Community Medical Center

Kevin Bilby
Degrees: BSN, RN
Step Down
Newton Medical Center

Michelle Bishop
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Francesca Borja
Degree: RN
Float Pool
Clara Maass Medical Center

Laura Bourque
Degrees: BSN, RN, BC
Behavioral Health Voluntary Inpatient
Monmouth Medical Center

Barbara Brossock
Degrees: BSN, CCRN, RN
Cardiac Intensive Care
Hackensack University Medical Center

Magdalena Buczkowski
Degrees: BSN, RN
Interventional Radiology
Holy Name Medical Center

Ashley Cardoso
Degree: RN
Cardiac
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Patricia Cave
Degree: RN
Home Health
Jefferson Health

Jamie Chadziutko
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Joshua Chu
Degree: RN
Float Pool
Clara Maass Medical Center

Gershon Clark
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Christina Clarke
Degree: RN
Emergency Department
Clara Maass Medical Center

Ellen Coltellaro
Degrees: BSN, RN, CMSRN
Intermediate Care/Step Down
Jefferson Health

Marianne Colucci
Degree: RN
High Risk Antepartum
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Cheri Csillan
Degree: RN
Interventional
St. Francis Medical Center

Kathleen Cummings
Degrees: BSN, RN, CMSRN
Medical/Surgical
Jefferson Health

Jillian Curtis
Degrees: BSN, RN
Emergency Department
St. Francis Medical Center

Emilio DeAngelo
Degree: BSN
Student
Bloomfield College, Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing

Gina DeFuria
Degree: RN
Infusion Center
Overlook Medical Center

Laura DeKleine-Davis
Degrees: RN, BSN, SCRN
Surgical Intensive Care
Morristown MedicalCenter

Brianna DeLucrezia
Degrees: BSN, RN
Oncology
Clara Maass Medical Center

Alexis DiFranco
Degrees: BSN, RN
Intensive Care
Newton MedicalCenter

Karen Dipietro
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Natasha Dixson
Degree: LPN
Oncology
Regional Cancer Care Associates

Patricia Dolan
Degrees: RN-BSN, ACM
Medical/Surgical
Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Tara Donnelly
Degrees: BSN, RN, NE-BC
Outpatient Infusion
Overlook Medical Center

Daniella Dyevoich
Degree: BSN
Medical/Surgical/Telemetry
Monmouth Medical Center

Lee Ann Egan
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Thomas Egan
Degree: RN
Critical Care
Cooper University Health Care

Rachel Elbon
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Erin Elsaesser
Degrees: BSN, RN
Labor & Delivery
Overlook Medical Center

Danielle Erickson
Degrees: BSN, RN
Progressive Care
Hunterdon Healthcare

Ann Feeny
Degree: RNC-MNN
Mother/Baby
Chilton Medical Center

Marwin Fernandez
Degree: RN
Emergency Department
Hackettstown Medical Center

Wislande Fleurissant
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Robetson Fleurmond
Degrees: BSN, RN
Intensive Care/Critical Care
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Josephine Floro
Degree: RN
Labor & Delivery
Hackensack Meridian Health–Pascack Valley Medical Center

Kyeisha Frink
Degree: RN
Trauma Medical Intensive Care
Capital Health

Mary Ann Fuote
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Devonie Galbert
Degree: RN
Labor & Delivery
Hackensack Meridian Health–Pascack Valley Medical Center

Menaida Garcia
Degrees: RN, MSN
Intensive Care
Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Norbert Garcia
Degrees: MSN, RN
Adult Critical Care
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Sarita Garcia
Degree: LPN
Emergency Department
Inspira Medical Center Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer

Lidya Gebrekidan
Degree: RN
Float Pool
Clara Maass Medical Center

Bonnie Geissler
Degree: MS, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Clara Maass Medical Center

Alexander Goldsmith
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Erica Goldstein
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Diane Carson Griebert
Degrees: BA, RN
Outpatient Infusion
Overlook Medical Center

Luis Gutierrez
Degrees: BSN, RN
Step Down
Morristown Medical Center

Donna Haber
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Tatiana Hamarcak
Degree: RN
Step Down
Newton Medical Center

Judith Harrison
Degrees: BSN, RN, CMSRN
Surgical Services
Jefferson Health

Lauren Huntbach
Degrees: BSN, RN
Progressive Care
Virtua Marlton Hospital

Anne Marie Hurban
Degrees: RN, BSN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Naomi Hurley
Degrees: RN, CCRN
Intensive Care
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

Laurie Jaffe
Degrees: BA, BSN, RN, CCRN
Post Anesthesia Care
CentraState Medical Center

Elzbieta Jarecki
Degree: RN
Hospice Care
Valley Home Care and Hospice

Donna Jefferys
Degrees: BSN, RN, CGRN
Endoscopy
Monmouth Medical Center

Kourtney Kaczmarski
Degrees: BSN, RN
Labor & Delivery
Holy Name Medical Center

Zofla Kapron
Degree: RN
MD Anderson Cancer Unit
Cooper University Health Care

Lydia Kasani
Degree: RN
Emergency Department
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Alethia Kline
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical Intensive Care
Jefferson Health

Maureen Kovchok
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Marta Krajewska
Degrees: BSN, RN
Geriatric Medical/Surgical
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Jane Kramer
Degree: RN
Home Health
Valley Home Care and Hospice

Darlene Kuc
Degrees: RN, BSN
Neonatal Intensive Care
Hackensack University Medical Center

Cynthia Lanham
Degree: RN
Cardiac Telemetry
Newton Medical Center

Jocelyn Laroco
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Clara Maass Medical Center

Julie Le
Degrees: RN, BSN
Intensive Care
Virtua Memorial Hospital

Cynthia Lembeck
Degrees: RN, CHPN
Hospice
Hunterdon Healthcare

Wendy Limandri
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Manling Lin
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Roxbary Andrew Lipa
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical/Surgical
Overlook Medical Center

Sean Lyon
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Hunterdon Healthcare

Joan Maheshuari
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical/Surgical
Inspira Medical Center Vineland & Inspira Medical Center Elmer

Traci Manettas
Degree: RN
Oncology Infusion
Overlook Medical Center

Gurmit Mann
Degrees: BSN, RN, NAON
Medical/Surgical
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

Tyler Manzi
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Hackensack Meridian Health–Pascack Valley Medical Center

Carmen Manzo-Goral
Degrees: MSN, APN-C, CHFN
Healthy Living
Monmouth Medical Center

Kathleen Marsh
Degrees: RN, SCRN
Neuroscience
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Janice Martinez
Degrees: BSN, RN
Acute Medical/Surgical/Orthopedic
Inspira Medical Center Vineland & Inspira Medical Center Elmer

Johanna Marto
Degrees: BSN, RN-BC
Surgical
Holy Name Medical Center

Olga Matievskaya
Degrees: RN, BSN, CCRN
Intensive Care/Critical Care
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Sabrine Mbarka
Degree: RN
Progressive Care, Medical/Surgical/Telemetry
Cooper University Health Care

Asya McCants
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Clara Maass Medical Center

Michael McKeage
Degree: RN
Critical Care
Cooper University Health Care

Daneane McLaughlin
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

John McManus
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Lauren Mehra
Degree: RN
Hospice
Valley Home Care and Hospice

Meghan Melone
Degrees: BSN, RN-BC
Respiratory Step Down
Morristown Medical Center

Michelle Mento
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Cooper University Health Care

Donna Metzger
Degrees: RN, CEN
Emergency Department
Virtua Berlin

Gayle Mojica
Degrees: RN, BSN, PCCN
Medical/Surgical
Hackensack University Medical Center

Grace Molapo
Degree: RN
Maternal-Child
Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Abigale Monacelli
Degrees: BSN, RN, CCRN
Cardiac Care
Morristown Medical Center

Lorin Mooney
Degrees: BSN, RN, CAPA
Ambulatory Surgery Center
Morristown Medical Center

Cynthia Moorhead
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Beth Moriarty
Degree: RN
Oncology
Regional Cancer Care Associates

Anna Morozewicz
Degrees: RN, BSN
Medical/Surgical
Hackensack University Medical Center

Kenna Mowry
Degree: BSN
Emergency Department
Chilton Medical Center

Brittany Mulleano
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical/Surgical
Clara Maass Medical Center

Sara Mulryne
Degree: RN
Step Down
St. Francis Medical Center

Tasneem Nadeem
Degrees: BSN, RN, PCCN
Intensive Care
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

Kathy Nadler
Degree: RN
Post-Anesthesia Care
Inspira Medical Center Woodbury

Marites Narvaza
Degrees: RN, BSN
Mother/Baby
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Phygenia Nimoh
Degrees: MSN, APN-C
Nursing Educator
Caldwell University, School of Nursing and Public Health

Taylor Noble
Degrees: BSN, RN, CHFN
Wound Care
Newton Medical Center

Ashley O’Connell
Degrees: BSN, RNC
Maternity
Inspira Medical Center Woodbury

Lauren O’Donnell
Degree: RN
Emergency Department
Capital Health

Encar Olavides
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Olutosin Omisankin
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Teresa Omwenga
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Eveli O’Neill
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Jennifer Orr
Degree: RN
Intensive Care
Cooper University Health Care

Emmanuel Ortiz
Degrees: BSN, RN-BC, GRN
Medical/Surgical
Jersey City Medical Center

Albina Ostaeva
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Lydia Osuji
Degrees: BSN, RN
Telemetry
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Angeline Ouano
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical Intensive Care/Surgical Intensive Care
Morristown MedicalCenter

Nellie Padre
Degrees: BSN, RN
Surgical Day Stay
Monmouth Medical Center

Kalaivani Panneerselvam
Degree: RN
Neuro Intensive Care
Capital Health

Felicis Janice Pascua
Degrees: RN, BSN
Medical/Surgical
CentraState Medical Center

Linda Pearson
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Jennifer Peck
Degrees: BSN, RN, CCRN
Step Down
Newton Medical Center

Isabel Pena
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Holy Name Medical Center

Lukasz Pieczonka
Degrees: BSN, RN
Emergency Department
Chilton Medical Center

Andrew Pierce
Degree: RN
Dialysis
Jefferson Health

Michelle Profaci
Degree: RN
Oncology
Regional Cancer Care Associates

Lisa Pyper
Degrees: RN, CHRN
Hyperbaric Oxygen Center
Newton Medical Center

Eunice Ramos
Degrees: BSN, RN
Psychiatry
Holy Name Medical Center

Naomi Ramos
Degrees: BSN, RN, CCRN
Pediatric Intensive Care
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

MaryBeth Ray
Degrees: RN, BSN, CCRN
Cardiac Critical Care
Hackensack University Medical Center

Carly Richman
Degrees: MPH, MSMOB, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Pulmonary
Virtua Marlton Hospital

Ann Riedinger
Degrees: RN, RN-BC
Adult Behavioral Health
Jefferson Health

Jennifer Roach
Degrees: RN, CMSRN
Medical/Surgical
Jefferson Health

Kimberly Rochette
Degree: RN
Step Down
Newton Medical Center

Michelle Rodriguez
Degrees: BSN, RN
Outpatient Infusion
Overlook Medical Center

Kerry Rummel
Degree: RN
Outpatient Infusion
Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Damaris Sanchez
Degree: RN-BC
Complex Activation Medical Unit/Intensive Burns Care Unit
Inspira Medical Center
Vineland and Inspira Medical Center Elmer

Vivian Sanon-Joseph
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Susan Schlaefer
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Dan Schowgurow
Degree: RN
Medical/Surgical
Virtua Marlton Hospital

Dawn Scott
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Maniesha Sejour
Degrees: BSN, RN
Float Pool
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Alicia Serignese
Degrees: BSN, RN
Intensive Care
Newton Medical Center

Shannon Silverstein
Degrees: RN, BSN
Inpatient
Children’s Specialized Hospital

Tina Silvestri
Degrees: RN, BSN, CCRN
Medical Intensive Care
Hackensack University Medical Center

Nicole Siplin
Degree: RN
Float Pool/Critical Care
Capital Health

Christine Sommers
Degrees: BSN, RN
Surgical Intensive Care
Community Medical Center

Tanisha Sosa
Degrees: RN, BSN, CEN
Emergency Department
Capital Health

Djenane Marseille St. Fleur
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Lauren Stroh
Degrees: BSN, RN, CHPN
Palliative Care/In-Patient Hospice
Morristown Medical Center

Karen Suczewski
Degrees: MS, BSN, RN-BC
Pre-Admission Testing
Overlook Medical Center

Mary (Mollie) Sullivan
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical Intensive Care
Morristown Medical Center

Swathilakshmi Tavarekare
Student
Middlesex County College Nursing Program

Denise Todd
Degrees: RN, BSN, CEN
Emergency Department
Virtua Berlin

Laura Tommas
Degree: LPN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Phil Torcivia
Degrees: RN, BSN
Medical/Surgical
Hackensack University Medical Center

Samantha Toth
Degrees: BSN, RN
Medical/Surgical
Newton Medical Center

Carolyn Tuella
Degrees: EDD, RN
Nursing Educator
Bloomfield College, Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing

Linda Tuozzo
Degrees: RN, BSN
Pediatrics
Hackensack University Medical Center

Casandra Venditti
Degrees: RN, BSN
Cardiac Medical
Morristown Medical Center

Daisy Vilchez
Degree: RN
Surgery
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Ann Walsh
Degree: RN
Oncology
Regional Cancer Care Associates

Afton Werner
Degree: RN
Step Down
Newton Medical Center

Katelyn West
Degrees: BSN, RN
Special Care Nursery
Community Medical Center

Jim Wilson
Degree: RN
Home Health
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Maria Leila Yasay
Degrees: BSN, RN
Acute Care
Inspira Medical Center Woodbury


TEAM HONOREES

Window to a New World at Community Medical Center
Labor and Delivery/Surgical Services/Nursery
Community Medical Center

Team 3B
3B-Medical/Surgical/Telemetry
Community Medical Center

Team One South at Newton Medical Center
Neuro Telemetry Step Down
Newton Medical Center

Endoscopy at Clara Maass Medical Center
Endoscopy
Clara Maass Medical Center

Little Silver Division Nursing Team at Regional Cancer Care Associates
Oncology
Regional Cancer Care Associates

Outpatient Infusion Center at Community Medical Center
Outpatient Infusion Center
Community Medical Center

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