Brandyberry receives Lancaster Medical Center’s DAISY Award

Four ladies, one holding a certificate portfolio, all smiling. On the wall behind them, a bulletin board and a sign that says, “Congratulate Our DAISY Award Honoree!”Lancaster Medical Center’s Emergency Department nursing leadership team celebrates DAISY Award winner Katie Brandyberry, registered nurse. From left: Valerie Ritter, director of nursing, Emergency Department; award winner Katie Brandyberry; Kristin Jens, nurse manager, Emergency Department; and Thola Wolanski, registered nurse educator, Emergency Department

Lancaster Medical Center presented its first-ever DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Katie Brandyberry, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department. Nineteen nurses were nominated for the award in recognition of their skillful, compassionate care and their daily support of patients and families.

September 28, 2023Penn State Health News

A patient’s family nominated Brandyberry for providing exceptional care to their 89-year-old grandmother and ongoing compassion and reassurance to the 16 concerned family members gathered in the Emergency Department’s waiting area.

Despite their loved one being unresponsive while treated in the Emergency Department, “Katie always spoke to her with the utmost love and respect,” the family wrote in their nomination. Brandyberry also went out of her way to keep the family informed, checking in on them often, explaining situations and offering assistance.

“She made us all feel comfortable and we knew that our Nan was receiving the greatest care. We are so appreciative of Katie’s efforts, love and support during such a challenging and scary time.”

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