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Samaritan Celebrates September 2022 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

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

Stacey Hunter, a Registered Nurse in Oncology at the Walker Center for Cancer Care, received the DAISY Award. Rodney Dobson, Nursing Assistant in Progressive Care at Samaritan Medical Center, received the BEE Award.

Kim Smith, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing Critical Care, Samaritan Medical Center, nominated Hunter saying:

“A patient who has been fighting cancer was admitted to the Medical Center. Following the Oncologist’s orders to begin chemotherapy, Stacey put the patient’s needs first and found a way to administer the needed therapy in the patient’s Medical Center room, rather than transporting the patient back and forth to the Walker Center for Cancer Care. Inpatient chemotherapy is something that is not done often. Stacey was in charge in this instance and worked with a team of registered nurses to ensure the receipt of chemotherapy while the patient’s other medical needs were being met.” 

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

Shannon Phillips, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager Intensive and Progressive Care Units, Samaritan Medical Center nominated Dobson.

“Rodney truly embodies our HEART (Honest, Empathetic, Accountable, Respectful, Trustworthy) values and this is evident in the care he gives to our patients. When Rodney is working, you will hear him in patient rooms talking with patients, explaining the care he is providing, asking if there is “anything else I can do for you” and doing his best to make them feel welcomed and cared for.”

Dobson 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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