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Peconic Bay Medical Center nurse recognized for compassionate care with a DAISY Award

Tara Smith
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RIVERHEAD, NY – Northwell Health Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) has partnered with the DAISY Foundation in a mission to recognize nurses who go above and beyond to care for patients and their families. The DAISY Foundation expresses gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary skill and compassionate care they provide patients and families.

After months of collecting nominations, Elmer Moran, a nurse on 2 South, was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® at PBMC on Monday, July 12.

Nursing is one of the most demanding professions, attracting some of the most extraordinary people as practitioners who routinely perform super-human efforts of care and expertise daily.

Moran was nominated by a family member of a patient who was recently under his care at PBMC. “My grandma is only Italian speaking and speaks very little English,” the patient wrote in the nomination. “[Elmer] went out of his way to make sure she had breakfast ordered because she couldn’t order it herself. I wanted to ask him a few questions and he took the time to come in and speak with me. He figures out ways to communicate with her and it is very appreciated. He speaks with her patiently and gently and cares for any of her needs,” the nomination continued.

Receiving his award and a bouquet of sunflowers Monday, Moran remarked that he was grateful and proud of the honor. “It makes me realize that it’s the small things that go a long way with patients,” Moran said.

He also extended gratitude to his colleagues on the unit. “Everybody’s helped me become who I am today,” Moran said, noting that he’s only been able to provide the care to his patients that he does because of the support of fellow nurses and patient care technicians. “We’re all a team,” he said.

In addition to flowers, Moran was presented with a Healers Sculpture, a DAISY pin and a certificate. He also signed his name on a DAISY Award banner that will hang in the unit until the next winner is announced in September.

“There is nothing more rewarding for a nurse than to hear the appreciation that a patient or family has for the care that they delivered,” said Christine Kippley, RN, MBA, PBMC’s chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services. “We cheer each other on as nurses, but nothing is more encouraging than hearing directly from someone you cared for. It ‘fills up the tank’ so that the nurse can go back out there and do it again.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation 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 (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.

“We are proud to participate in the DAISY Award program. These awards recognize the efforts of people who thoroughly believe that going above and beyond the call of duty is just a regular part of their daily job,” said Amy E. Loeb, EdD, MBA, RN, executive director of PBMC. “Nurses don’t like to seek praise of recognition for all that they do. The community would never hear about these daily acts of extraordinary heroism without awards like this. We are very glad to have this opportunity to honor our everyday healthcare heroes.”

Award nominations can be made by any patient or family member who has witnessed exemplary care provided by any nurse or nursing team on the PBMC staff. Nomination forms are available at the hospital or can be made online at

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About Peconic Bay Medical Center

Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a 200-bed nonprofit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs, including advanced surgical, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s health care, comprehensive inpatient medical care, palliative care and an extensive range of outpatient services, along with state-of-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit and follow us @PeconicBayMedicalCenter on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 76,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit and follow us @NorthwellHealth on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.