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Samaritan Celebrates June 2022 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: July 25, 2022

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

Anna O’Neil, a Registered Nurse at Samaritan Medical Center, received the DAISY Award. Norravith Mathison, Cardiac Sonographer in Echocardiology, received the BEE Award. The family of a patient, Joseph Avola, nominated O’Neil. Kim Smith, RN, Nurse Manager nominated Mathison. A committee then selected them.

Anna O’Neil, RN

O’Neil was nominated for being a wonderful caring human. The patient’s family described O’Neil saying:

“He raved about Miss Anna, saying she was like his guardian angel while he was in care at Samaritan.”

The patient had been in care at Samaritan for nearly a month. His daughter stated O’Neil would sit and listen to his stories and provided Mr. Avola with love and attention.

“She was the most special human to my father and family even during one of the darkest times in our lives.”

Family members of the late Joseph Avola attended O’Neil’s DAISY presentation to say Thank You!

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – O’Neil 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.

Norravith Mathison, Cardiac Sonographer in Echocardiology

Kim Smith, RN, Nurse Manager, for always putting patients first, nominated Mathison for the BEE Award.

“He ensures patient-centered care is provided with empathy and compassion.” She added, “He balances inpatient and outpatient schedules and needs with his critical thinking and prioritization skills.”

Mathison 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 patients, families, or colleagues can submit nominations 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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