Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurse Acknowledged with DAISY Award

Sue Coady is the first to receive this distinguished award at Fox Chase. - See more at:
Sue Coady is the first to receive this distinguished award at Fox Chase. - See more at:

PHILADELPHIA (April 2, 2012) — Nurses at Fox Chase Cancer Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award celebrates the clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses in all types of settings.  Registered nurse Sue Coady is the first to receive this distinguished award at Fox Chase.

“Sue is truly deserving of this award,” says Janet Miller-Stocklin, the registered nurse at Fox Chase who nominated her. “She always exemplifies skilled and compassionate nursing, but recently she truly demonstrated her superb skills by saving the life of one of our patients.” The DAISY award is given to outstanding nurses in hundreds of hospitals across the country and abroad. Fox Chase is proud to be among the hospitals recognizing and honoring their extraordinary nurses. This award program offers patients, families, and professional colleagues a way to honor nurses for all they do.

"Sue has a remarkable ability to know what is wrong with a patient before she even takes their vital signs,” says John P. Hoffman, MD, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase who works with Sue.  “She was caring for one of my patients when he became critically ill and her perception and quick actions were clearly what saved his life.”

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the auto-immune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura at the age of 33.  During Pat's 8-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family.  To honor Patrick's memory his family started this foundation, which recognizes the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses. The award is in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and has the support of The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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