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UPMC Susquehanna Honors Nurses with DAISY Awards

by UPMC Susquehanna

Three UPMC Susquehanna nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

From left: Andrea Woodling, RN; Martha Laird, LPN; and Tony Phillips, RN.
From left: Andrea Woodling, RN; Martha Laird, LPN; and Tony Phillips, RN.

Andrea Woodling, nurse with the Emergency Department at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being nominated by a patient. “My family and I had been in an accident while traveling through the Williamsport area and needed to receive care at the local emergency department. Upon arrival, we were blown away by the extraordinary level of service that was provided. Andrea, our nurse, stood out as an exceptional care giver as she went above-and-beyond providing clinical care to us that day. Due to the accident, we were stranded in the area and wondering how we were going to finish our travels home. In between providing care for us, Andrea helped us reach out to a local rental car company, provided us with a new car seat and booster seat for our children, and had her husband take us to pick up our rental car when a taxi wasn’t available. Because of her, we were able to get back on the road safely, and I will never forget what she did.”

Martha Laird, nurse with the Medical/Surgical Unit at Muncy Valley Hospital, was selected after being nominated by a patient.  This is Martha’s second DAISY Award. “I was very sick when I arrived at the hospital. With all that was going on, Martha was by my side as my caregiver. She hovered around me, constantly checking on me and making sure that I was being cared for and comfortable. Martha was like a worried mother, and I knew that I could relax with her in charge. I was very impressed by her courtesy, empathy, and attentiveness, and she is an exceptional nurse.”

Tony Phillips, nurse with Inpatient Behavioral Health at Divine Providence Hospital, was selected after being nominated by two patients. This is Tony’s second DAISY Award. One patient commented, “Tony is a very informative and knowledgeable nurse. He took the time to explain everything to me, making me feel special and cared for.” Another patient wrote, “Tony was there for any problems that I was having. He cared for me even when I wasn’t one of his assigned patients. Tony really cares about his patients, and he is an exceptional person.”

Nurses from UPMC Susquehanna are selected every quarter. Anyone may nominate a nurse for a DAISY award – a co-worker, patient, patient’s family or physician. Nomination forms are available at nursing stations and at

The DAISY Awards are currently presented in over 900 hospitals, both nation-wide and internationally. Supported by both AONE and The American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, the DAISY award program is part of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation based in Glen Ellen, CA. All winners will be highlighted on the DAISY Foundation’s website.