Jersey Shore University Medical Center Launches Nurse Recognition Program

February 12, 2020

At the January 31 ceremony, from left, is Bob Ware, R.N., manager, Trauma Acute Care Unit; Internist Joseph Mannion, M.D.; Alexandra Anderson, R.N.; Michael Rafter, manager, volunteer services, and Chief Nursing Officer Ellen Angelo, DNP, MSN, R.N., CCRN.

The academic medical center launches The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award, an international recognition program

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center launched the DAISY program in January to recognize extraordinary nurses at the academic medical center. Jersey Shore’s Chief Nursing Officer Ellen Angelo, DNP, MSN, R.N., CCRN; Magnet Program Director Rocel D. Besa, PhD, R.N.-BC, CNE, and other senior nursing leaders announced January’s recipients during a ceremony January 31. Nurses Alexandra Anderson, R.N., Trauma Acute Care Unit, and Kimberly Brown, R.N., from K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, were Jersey Shore’s first ever recipients of the award.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. Anyone can nominate a Jersey Shore University Medical Center nurse, including; other team members, physicians, patients or their families, and guests. Recipients receive a certificate recognizing them as an extraordinary nurse, DAISY award pin, a unique Healer’s Touch stone sculpture, spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation web site, and the recipient’s unit is treated to cinnamon rolls. Two nurses are selected each month to receive DAISY awards.

The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. To learn more, visit

Jersey Shore joins other Hackensack Meridian medical centers in participating in the DAISY recognition program. Members of the community can nominate a Jersey Shore nurse for a DAISY award or obtain more information by contacting Rocel Besa at 732-776-2491 or