Winchester Hospital Recognizes ‘Extraordinary Nurse’ Maria Ventimiglia
Winchester Hospital has recognized Maria Ventimiglia, RN from Gloucester, as its most recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Ventimiglia was nominated by a patient because of her “compassion and sensitivity.” The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional efforts that nurses make each day.
In the nomination form, the patient wrote that she mentioned to Ventimiglia how she would love to just take a shower. Before the end of her shift, Ventimiglia asked if it would be OK if she washed the patient's hair.
“I was pleasantly surprised by this little extra she was willing to do for me,” the patient wrote.
Winchester Hospital has joined hundreds of medical facilities across the country in honoring extraordinary nurses with a DAISY Award each month. Based in Glen Ellen, Calif., the nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in 1999. The DAISY Award, which stands for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System,” was established by Barnes’ wife and parents as a gesture of thanks to nurses nationwide for the profound difference they make in the lives of patients and their families.
In recognition of her selection, Ventimiglia received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” and a certificate that 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.”
To learn more about the DAISY Award program, visit www.daisyfoundation.org.
About Winchester Hospital
Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.