MLKCH nurse receives DAISY Award

Nurse's vigilance caring for a special needs patient earns him the 2021 DAISY Award

Eddie Tribiana, a clinical unit supervisor who cares for the most critically-ill COVID-19 patients at MLK Community Healthcare (MLKCH) received the first DAISY Award of 2021. The peer-nominated award, sponsored by the non-profit DAISY Foundation, is given to nurses who go above and beyond for their patients. More than 4,650 healthcare facilities and schools across the nation and in 28 other countries present the award annually to their top nursing staff.

Tribiana’s work caring for a special needs patient with COVID-19 was particularly appreciated by his peers. The patient’s family noted how fragile the patient was and advised MLKCH staff to keep a close eye on him. Tribiana assured the family that not only would their loved one be in good hands at MLKCH, but that Tribiana himself would see to it personally. That’s exactly what Tribiana did - checking on the patient every hour on the hour throughout his shift. He also stayed in close contact with the family to provide regular updates about their loved one.

“That kind of care and communication exemplifies the MLKCH nurse,” said Charlene Gozony, telemetry manager. “Eddie is the kind of nurse we would all want caring for our loved ones, and especially for the most vulnerable.”

Tribiana was nominated by his MLKCH peers for exemplifying the organization’s core values: Caring, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

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