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Samaritan Celebrates December 2022 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: February 10, 2023

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for December 2022. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff, and the BEE Award honors other outstanding staff members who support patient care, both at the hospital and all outpatient clinics.

Rachel Moore, LPN at Samaritan Dermatology & MOHS Surgery, received the DAISY Award. Jessica Lister, Nuclear Medicine Technician at Samaritan Medical Center, received the BEE Award. 

Erin Bryant, a physician assistant at Samaritan Dermatology & MOHS Surgery, nominated Moore saying:

“I have had the extreme pleasure of working with Rachel for over two years.  Day in and day out she works tirelessly to provide exemplary care to our patients and their families.  Rachel greets everyday with enthusiasm and motivates those around her to strive for success. Rachel has worked for Samaritan as an LPN for many years and is a true Samaritan Star!  I would like to see her recognized for her daily commitment to our patients, our hospital system, and our community.”

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Moore 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 has also been installed in the Healing Gardens at Samaritan Medical Center in honor of all DAISY and BEE Award winners to come. It was purchased using funds donated by the Samaritan Auxiliary.

Charlie Quinn, Plant Maintenance at Samaritan Medical Center, nominated Lister.  

After witnessing Jessica’s interaction with a patient after a delay in service, Quinn stated “Jessica speaks to patients with such grace and dignity.  She put the patient first with her kind and gentle approach.  She exemplified the HEART values by providing empathy and understanding.  This is not the first time I have witnessed Jessica display such compassion.  She provides guidance and education to patients and offers reassurance and genuine interest in promoting their health and addressing their needs.“ 

Lister was presented with 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 Samaritan DAISY and BEE Awards, visit


About Samaritan Medical Center

Samaritan Medical Center (Watertown, New York) is a 290-bed not-for-profit community medical center, offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. From primary and emergency care to highly specialized medical and surgical services, such as cancer treatment, neonatal intensive care, behavioral health and addiction services, and imaging services, Samaritan Medical Center and its team of healthcare professionals proudly serves the medical needs of our civilian and military community. Quality, compassion, and safety are the basic principles by which exceptional care is delivered at Samaritan.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at

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