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Samaritan Celebrates May 2021 DAISY and BEE Award Recipients

Published on: May 26, 2021

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for May 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.

Valerie Hasner, Staff RN, Pediatrics, received the DAISY Award and Charles Quinn, Maintenance, was honored with the BEE Award. Quinn was nominated by a Samaritan colleagues, and Hasner was nominated by a grateful patient family member.

Hasner received the DAISY Award for her compassion and dedication to providing top-quality patient care.

“My son was admitted to the Pediatric Unit twice. Ms. Hasner was our nurse for the three days that we were there,” the nomination letter reads. “She worked tirelessly to make sure that my son was cared for, and comfortable. She went above and beyond to ensure that I understood all of the tests, and talked me through many tears. She was the most compassionate person I have ever met, and her love for her job was evident. I am grateful to have been lucky enough that my son was under her care during such a difficult and scary time for us.”

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

Quinn was nominated for the BEE Award for his warm, welcoming nature and for performing duties outside his job description to help Samaritan’s patients.

“Charlie promptly responds to any needs to ensure patient and staff safety needs are met,” his nomination letter reads. “In addition, he greets all he encounters with a warm welcome. Yesterday, I watched as Charlie met a man wheeling himself in a wheelchair with one leg. Charlie turned around and walked beside him, allowing the gentleman to maintain his independence but also ensuring that he got to where he was headed. Charlie began a casual conversation as if he was acquainted. Then finally, he turned and asked if there was anything else he could do for this gentleman, wished him well and thanked him for choosing Samaritan. This is a common practice for Charlie.”

Quinn 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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