Skip to main content
Serving the Susquehanna Region

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. 

Dani Shelton, nurse with the Medical/Surgical Unit at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being nominated by multiple patients.  “Dani was able to make me feel like I was the only patient in the hospital. She understood what I was going through and kept watch on me to make sure all of my needs were met. Dani has experience beyond her years,” one patient commented. Another patient wrote, “I came to Williamsport Regional Medical Center from another hospital where the care really seemed to be lacking. I have bad veins and it can be hard on nurses and others to establish IVs. Dani understood my situation and came up with a solution. She was an advocate for my care, and it was nice to have someone stand up for my well being.”

Ivan Pinsky, nurse with the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being nominated by a patient and two patient family members. “Ivan took such great care of me following my pace maker implant surgery. He was compassionate, respectful, and made sure I had everything that I needed,” the patient commented. “Following my husband’s bypass surgery, he was transferred to the ICU and into Ivan’s care. My respect, admiration, and thankfulness for Ivan only increased during my husband’s stay. Now, whenever someone we know is headed for surgery at Williamsport, we pray that they get as lucky as we were to have “Ivan the Great” care for them,” a patient family member commented.

Kathy Aunkst, nurse with Medical Oncology at the Cancer Center at Divine Providence Hospital, was selected after being nominated by a patient’s family member. One patient commented, “Kathy helped care for my husband over the three-and-a-half years in which he received treatment at the Cancer Center. My husband was at home with a pump for his chemotherapy treatment and when the pump would not function properly, Kathy came to our house to make sure that the pump worked; she was not at work at the time, but took the time when off-the-clock to care for my husband. Her commitment, empathy, and compassion shown to her patients is second to none.”

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.

DAISY Recipients 2017 2nd Qtr
From left: Dani Shelton, RN; Ivan Pinsky, RN; and Kathy Aunkst, RN.