Halifax Health Nurses Recognized As DAISY Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (August 8, 2017) – Halifax Health recently honored two registered nurses – Jackie Rivers and Kathy Chorjel – as winners of the community health system’s April 2017 DAISY Award recognizing extraordinary nurses.

A Daytona Beach native who was born at Halifax Health Medical Center, Jackie Rivers, RN, began working for Halifax Health in 1987 as a unit clerk in the Center for Women and Infant Health.  In 2001, Rivers graduated from Daytona State College’s nursing program.  She continues to work in the Center for Women and Infant Health where she cares for newborns and educates new mothers.

Rivers is excited to be recognized with a DAISY Award.  “I am honored to receive the DAISY Award.  I always treat people the way I would like to be treated.”  She adds, “I love my job.  I am so blessed to have an awesome job and work with great nurses.”

Kathy Chorjel, RN, began her nursing career in a Detroit hospital oncology unit in 1995.  She moved to Florida in 1997 where she began her career at Halifax Health in the medical intensive care unit.  Chorjel says, “This award is very special to me as it comes from those we serve.”  She adds, “I was inspired to enter this field by my grandmother and dear aunt, who were both dedicated to the profession.”

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 five 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, a pediatric care community clinic, 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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