Finger Lakes Health honored Alice Radcliff, RN, with “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®” on September 1 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.
Radcliff works in the 1st Acute Unit at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. She is a 2016 graduate of the Marion S Whelan School-Nursing, LPN program and 2019 graduate of the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences, RN program. She is currently working on her BSN.
A grateful patient said, “I would like to nominate Alice for the DAISY award. She was my nurse for much of the 11 days that I was in the hospital as a rehab patient at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Alice was always upbeat and encouraging with a somewhat quirky sense of humor, which kept me upbeat and encouraged during a difficult time for me. I found her attentive to my needs. One night I fell asleep while reading, lights on and television playing. Without waking me, she turned off the television and bright lights. Then she checked back with me several times to make sure I was ok and comfortable and that I did not need anything. Alice was a blessing to me during those times and made my hospital stay more satisfying by her care and presence.”
Established by The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family, this award recognizes nurses who have had a profound impact in the lives of their patients and patient families. Patrick died at age 33 in 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick received from the nurses at his bedside inspired this award.
If you have received extraordinary care by a nurse, or are a family member of someone who has been treated with great care, and would like to nominate her or him please visit:
Nomination boxes are also located throughout Geneva General Hospital and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.
Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. At each DAISY Award celebration, delicious cinnamon rolls are served, as this was Patrick’s favorite treat and one of the few foods he could eat.