Published on May 16, 2016

Mercy Philadelphia’s Kenya Forrest, BSN, RN, Wins DAISY Award

Kenya Forrest wins DAISY AwardWest Philadelphia, PA (May 16, 2016) - The senior management team and nursing colleagues at Mercy Philadelphia recently recognized the DAISY Award recipient for the first quarter of 2016: Kenya Forrest, BSN, RN, of the PACU. Forrest was nominated by three different patients for his reliability, caring disposition and extreme dedication.

His nominators commented:

“Kenya was excellent with respect to the care he delivered to me. He was so caring and did a wonderful job.”

“He is willing to go that extra step so that his patients have what they need to be comfortable. He is very professional in his style and communication delivery and I feel nothing but satisfied with the care I received which is due solely to the care that he gave to me.”

“Before I could ask for anything he had it. He anticipated each and every one of my needs. He is a good team player and an excellent role model to all those around him.”

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.

“Kenya is always there for us when there is either a critical care or step down need in the house,” says Mercy Philadelphia Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services Dawn Grasso, “He puts the patient at the forefront of everything he does. When all else fails, he comes through.”

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.