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Samaritan Celebrates January 2023 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: March 6, 2023

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for January 2023. 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.

Scott Jacobs, Registered Nurse at Samaritan Medical Center’s Interventional Radiology unit received the DAISY Award. Allen Gray, screening and visitation specialist at Samaritan Medical Center, received the BEE Award.

Scott Jacobs, RN, Interventional Radiology

Kim Smith, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing Critical Care, Samaritan Medical Center, Shirley Ward, RN, and Sheila Zeller, RN at Samaritan’s Interventional Radiology unit, nominated Jacobs saying:

“An example of accountability and responsibility was demonstrated during a recent snowstorm when Scott was the only RN in Interventional Radiology that made it in to work. He orchestrated the flow with his multidisciplinary team to ensure the patients who arrived were able to have their procedures. He managed the day seamlessly and proceeded to acknowledge his team of IR tech’s assisting with clerical duties, MRI/CT tech’s who helped accommodate contrast patients and the RSA that worked diligently to ensure consistency with the routine standard of care.”

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Jacobs was presented with 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.

Gray was nominated by a grateful patient with the following excerpt from their nomination:

Allen Gray, screening and visitation specialist

“This man was so kind to me and truly made a difference in the toughest time in my life… I just want him to know how much that means to me.”

Of significance, Gray has been nominated on multiple occasions by patients and co-workers who echo sentiments of his compassion and kindness as they are registering for services.

Gray 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