Melissa York

Melissa York Wins Esteemed DAISY Award

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 |
Melissa York is less than a year into her nursing career, but she’s already making a difference to her patients. One family even called her a gem when nominating her for the DAISY Award, which is an award created by a national foundation to honor the unsung heroes in healthcare. York, a Progressive Care Unit nurse at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, is the most recent recipient of the DAISY Award at Bayhealth.

York cared for this particular patient this summer. The family member describes York in the nomination as being one of the most professional, caring, sincere, and heart-felt nurses the family had ever met. “If I didn’t know better, I would swear she had a set of wings. Every day when she attended to our dad, we were always greeted with a smile. She constantly checked with the family to see if anything was needed and if it was, she ensured the need was quickly met,” the nominator wrote. “This was a very trying time for our family, and I know that Melissa’s compassion and assistance made a bad situation much more tolerable. As a family, we are very grateful for her presence and feel blessed to have had her as our father’s nurse. I have no doubt that our dad felt the same way.”

To say that York is thankful for the family’s nomination would be an understatement. Hearing the nomination read aloud during the award ceremony brought back a lot of emotions of caring for the patient. “You don’t always realize that people are appreciative of what you do. This shows they cared about me as much as I cared about them,” York said. “I love what I do, and I know everyone says that, but I really love what I do. It’s definitely hard sometimes but if I can affect one person’s day and make a difference, that’s worth it for me. I’ll never forget caring for that family and I’m grateful they thought of me.”

The DAISY Award is given by the DAISY Foundation, which was formed in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. DAISY Award honorees are chosen by nurses, administrators, peers, physicians, volunteers, patients, and family. If you know a Bayhealth nurse who deserves to be nominated, visit and fill out the nomination form.