Nurses Receive the DAISY Award

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ORANGE CITY, Fla., August 16, 2018 AdventHealth Fish Memorial recognized registered nurses Sara Cianciarulo and Sarah Garguilo with the DAISY award.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses.

Cianciarulo works on the medical-surgical unit and was recently promoted to assistant nurse manager. She was nominated for this recognition by a patient at AdventHealth Fish Memorial who had a mass on his bladder and kidney.

Sara was trying to keep us in good spirits and had learned we had Golden Retrievers (our fur babies), so every day, she would share pictures with me of hers and I would share mine with her, the patient wrote.

One day, Cianciarulo arranged for a special visitor for her patient.

Unbeknown to me, she had called my house and arranged for my dearest dog to come visit me and got a mean old man to cry with joy that someone would do that for me!! This is truly connecting with a patient and seeing what you can do to pick up their spirit, the patient added. I will forever remember that day and what Miss Sara did to help me smile and get through all of this.

Garguilo is an assistant nurse manager in AdventHealth Fish Memorials progressive care unit and was nominated by a fellow nurse.

We once had a homeless patient on our floor. She had been recently evicted from her home. The patient was very stressed about this along with everything else that was going on with her health. The next day, when I came into care for her, she had new belongings in her room: warm blankets, slipper, pillows. She was so elated to have a few items of her own to comfort her. I don’t think Sarah ever told anyone, but I knew she bought those items for the patient, the colleague wrote. She inspired me to be a more giving nurse.

Created in 1999, more than 2,500 healthcare facilities in all 50 states, as well as 15 other countries, use the DAISY Award to honor nurses.

In recognition of this honor, Cianciarulo and Garguilo each received a bouquet of daisies, a certificate, a tote bag, and a hand-carved stone sculpture of the Healers Touch by an artist of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Their units, AdventHealth Fish Memorials progressive care unit and the medical-surgical unit, also received cinnamon rolls and a DAISY banner to display.

To nominate a AdventHealth Fish Memorial nurse for a DAISY Award, visit:

About AdventHealth Fish Memorial

AdventHealth’s parent company, Adventist Health System, has announced that it will soon change its name to AdventHealth. Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System is one of the nations largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospital campuses and more than 80,000 employees. As of Jan. 2, 2019, all of Adventist Health Systems wholly owned hospitals and care sites across its footprint in nine states will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo. This name change is not the result of a merger, acquisition or change in ownership, but part of our efforts to help consumers easily identify AdventHealth’s care locations and services. We remain steadfastly committed to delivering whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit and our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ remains the same.

Located in Orange City, AdventHealth Fish Memorial has 175-beds and is one of the six AdventHealth’s in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region.

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