Nurse receives award for her dedication

Cheers!: (From left) Tena Barnes Carraher, co-founder of DAISY, presents Nereida “Nelly” Silverio, RN, with a sculpture of “A Healer’s Touch” as part of the DAISY award.

Sunset Park

Just a dollop of Daisy

Kudos to Nereida “Nelly” Silverio, RN. The outstanding angel of mercy who gives out lots of TLC at Lutheran Medical Center was honored with the Daisy (diseases attacking the immune system) award for her dedication to her craft and depth of compassion that she gives to her patients. Our pal Nelly has been with the center for more than 13 years and received her degree in nursing in 2001.

The Daisy foundation was established by the Barnes family in 2001 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications from an autoimmune disease.

The family was so impressed with the care and compassion afforded by the nurses that they founded the Daisy to thank all the nurses for making such a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their patients’ families.

“In 2001 we wanted to say thank you to nurses around the country, as we believe they are truly ‘unsung heroes,’ ” said Bonnie Barnes, president and cofounder of the foundation.

Nelly, as well as other Daisy recipients, received designation as an “Extraordinary Nurse” and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” a hand-carved piece created by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Lutheran Medical Center [150 55th St. and Second Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 630–8316].

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