Published on October 29, 2015

Mercy Philadelphia’s Barry Shinberg, RN Wins Daisy Award

Barry Shinberg, RN is a DAISY Award recipient.West Philadelphia, PA (October 29, 2015) - The senior management team and nursing colleagues at Mercy Philadelphia recently recognized the DAISY Award recipient for the third quarter of 2015: Barry Shinberg, RN of the Addiction Services Unit. Shinberg was nominated by a patient for his encouragement, humor and support.

“My nurse Barry always has a funny situation that will make you smile when you’re feeling bad and want to give up,” the patient wrote. “Barry encouraged me every day to continue and [assured me] that I would be alright. Because I believed in him so much and he believed in me, I pushed myself harder, so today I am leaving the hospital…in great health, without a wheelchair and walking strong again thanks to Barry’s encouragement and also the great staff at Mercy Philadelphia.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick “Pat” Barnes. The care Patrick received inspired the Barnes family to create the DAISY Awards to recognize nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.

“Barry incorporates humor, compassion and touch with every patient he cares for, giving each and every one of them his undivided attention,” says Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services Dawn Grasso. “Patients often make reference to something Barry said or did that has made a difference in their lives and given them hope for a better tomorrow. We congratulate Barry on receiving the DAISY Award. It is well deserved!"

Patients, visitors, physicians, other nurses or team members can nominate a Mercy Philadelphia nurse for the DAISY award. One recipient is selected each quarter. Each honoree receives a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. The DAISY award winner’s unit coworkers celebrate with a treat of cinnamon rolls, in keeping with a tradition the Barnes family established.