Halifax Health Nurses Recognized As DAISY Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (May 4, 2017) – Halifax Health recently honored two registered nurses – Fadi Faraj  and Joey Ferlitto – as winners of the community health system’s February 2017 DAISY Award recognizing extraordinary nurses.

Faraj joined Halifax Health in 2011 as a certified nursing assistant and patient care technician in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit and the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit.  A graduate of Daytona State College, Faraj became a registered nurse in 2015.  He has spent the past two years as a registered nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intermediate Care and the Clinical Decision Unit.  Faraj joined Centralized Staffing in January where he is further expanding his nursing knowledge by working with all medical, surgical and intermediate units at Halifax Health’s hospitals in Daytona Beach and Port Orange. 

Joseph Ferlitto began his nursing career at Halifax Health as a certified nursing assistant in 2008.  In 2009, he earned an associate degree in nursing and began working in Intensive Medical Care.  He worked as a graduate nurse for a year before transferring to the Intensive Surgical Care Unit.  Ferlitto, who has served as a preceptor training new Halifax Health employees, began working in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in 2013 to further his professional growth.  Now a cardiac catheterization laboratory educator, he trains staff in new procedures and equipment.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day.  A DAISY Award Partner, Halifax Health encourages patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees to nominate a nurse each month for this honor.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33.  During his eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to him, but his entire family.  The foundation, whose name DAISY is an acronym for diseases that attack the immune system, has as one of its goals to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of those they care for with the superhuman work they do every day.  To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, go to daisyfoundation.org.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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