MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s Nurse Work Life Council named a team of five nurses as recipients of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for the second quarter 2016.

The honorees are Lydia Elsner, Lyn Connelly, Candice Stull, Laura Hine,l and Maye Awad.  The award was presented to them during a recent ceremony at the Medical Center.  They received certificates along with a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.  Honorary awards were also given to Bradley Mongold, M.D., and Jessica Johnson, D.O.

Because of the overwhelming number of outstanding nominees, four other registered nurses were given honorable mentions during the special ceremony -- Elizabeth Crago, Sue Morgan, Dale Stone, and Natalee Unger.   

The DAISY Award was established nationally to recognize the super-human 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 DAISY Award.  The awards are sponsored by the University Healthcare Foundation.  

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

Photo caption: WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s second quarter 2016 recipients of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses are pictured left to right: (first row)  Bradley Mongold, M.D. (honorary winner), Lydia Elsner, and Lyn Connelly, medical surgical; Candice Stull, emergency department; (second row) Laura Hinel, float pool, and Samantha Richards, vice president/chief nursing officer at WVU Medicine University Healthcare.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, University Healthcare Vice President of Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223