Methodist Nurse Makes Special Effort to Spread Holiday Cheer

DAISY Leslie DiVincenzo, RN March 2014Leslie DiVincenzo, RN, wanted to do something special for the patients on her unit at Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia on Christmas. So she took it upon herself to plan and implement a way to get all the patients on the medical-surgical telemetry unit holiday cards and small gifts.

Not only that, Leslie reached out to a friend who was a first grade teacher at a nearby school to have the kids make cards for the patients.

“I will make sure enough are made for a full census and if there are extra, I am sure they will not go to waste,” Leslie explained to the unit managers. “Either way, I will give them the handmade cards along with a regular Christmas Card.”

Leslie wanted to ensure that all the patients were able to participate, and even worried that some might not be able to have the cookies she wanted to include in this special care package.

“She exemplifies exactly what a nurse should be each and every day!” said a manager in nominating Leslie for a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. “WOW! What a nurse. So happy and thankful she is part of our hospital family.”

Congratulations, Lelsie on becoming the latest Methodist Hospital recipient of a DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

J. Patrick Barnes 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.  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’s families. Jefferson is proud to bring the tradition of honoring extraordinary nurses here.

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