Published on April 11, 2016

Mercy Philadelphia’s Maritza Soto, RN Wins DAISY Award

Maritza Soto, RN - Winner of DAISY AwardWest Philadelphia, PA (April 11, 2016) - The senior management team and nursing colleagues at Mercy Philadelphia recently recognized the DAISY Award recipient for the first quarter of 2016: Maritza Soto, RN of 4NW. Soto was nominated by a patient for her compassionate care and extreme devotion to serving her patients.

“I’ve been to a lot of hospitals, but one nurse on the 4th floor personalizes a nurse to the 10th power,” the patient wrote. “[Maritza] is a very smart nurse who knows what she is doing. She always had time for me and made me feel special.”

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.

“Maritza is truly an inspiration,” says Mercy Philadelphia Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services Dawn Grasso, “I can personally say she takes excellent care of her patients. Maritza goes above and beyond no matter who she’s serving.”

“Every nurse here is deserving of this award, but Maritza truly stands out with how deeply she cares for her patients,” says Erma Waris, RN, Manager of 4NW, “She represents what it means to work at Mercy – to care, to be kind, to be empathetic.”

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.