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Samaritan Celebrates April 2021 DAISY and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: May 14, 2021

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for April 2021. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff at the hospital and all outpatient clinics, and the BEE Award honors other outstanding staff members who support patient care.

Ami Mitteer, Staff RN Float, received the DAISY Award and Sally Carrese, Environmental Services, was honored with the BEE Award. Both honorees were nominated by Samaritan colleagues and selected by a committee.

Mitteer was nominated for her reliability, positive attitude, and confidence working in various departments throughout Samaritan Medical Center.

“Amy floated on our department without batting an eye with her consistent warm smile and collaborative demeanor,” the nomination letter reads. “She is a quick learner and maintains a confident approach to each and every assignment to ensure it is safe and enjoyable. There was never apprehension or negativity. She was such a breath of fresh air and such a joy to work with.”

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Mitteer was presented a certificate commending her as an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, and a symbolic sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. A larger version of this sculpture is on display in the Healing Gardens at Samaritan in honor of all DAISY and BEE Award winners. It was purchased using funds donated by the Samaritan Auxiliary.

Carrese was nominated for the BEE Award for her patient-focused approach to her work and her true understanding of how her work can keep patients safe:

“Sally is instrumental in keeping our patients safe on Maternity,” her nomination letter reads. “She works hard every day ensuring rooms are cleaned to the highest standard. I have overheard Sally when she orients new staff, explaining to them the importance of cleaning properly to keep patients safe. She truly understands and passes on this knowledge to those she teaches. She is a role model for anyone working in Environmental Services (EVS).”

Carrese was presented a certificate, a BEE Award pin, and a gift bag with other tokens of gratitude.

Both awards will continue to be presented throughout the year, and nominations can be submitted by patients, families, or colleagues at any time. To make a nomination, or to learn more about the DAISY and BEE Awards, visit

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