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Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center names three DAISY Award winners in July, August

St. Joseph Medical Center presented three DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in July and August. The winners were Charles Stork, a float pool nurse; Eric Trubilla, a critical care nurse; and Desiree Ebert, a critical care nurse.

A patient’s daughter recognized Stork for being “wonderfully selfless, compassionate, efficient and caring” with her mother, including overnight when she experienced significant pain in her leg. “When I think of what a nurse should be, it’s this,” the daughter said in her nomination of Stork.

The thoughtfulness that Trubilla provided to a patient recovering from open-heart surgery prompted a DAISY award nomination from the patient’s sister and a new surgical patient for St. Joseph Medical Center. After noticing that his patient’s granddaughters were in the lounge, Trubilla took her out in a wheelchair for a surprise visit that “made everyone so happy,” said the patient’s sister ─ so happy, in fact, a month later the nominator’s husband moved his scheduled shoulder replacement surgery from another hospital to St. Joseph Medical Center.

A nurse manager nominated Ebert for saving a patient’s life with her “fast thinking and perseverance” to stabilize a patient with interstitial lung disease so he could he be transferred to Temple University Hospital, where he was on the transplant list for new lungs.

“Without her or her efforts, the patient would not be alive today,” the nurse manager wrote in her nomination. “When he needed an advocate, she was his voice. When he was scared, she held his hand and prayed with him. And when she was told there were no more options, she did not give up. She persisted and found a way.”

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