Skip to content

St. Joseph names September Daisy Award winners

Penn State Health St. Joseph presented DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Awards on Sept. 29, to two nurses, Betty Jo Rivera and Marissa Campbell.

The accolade recognizes nurses for their skillful, compassionate care and their daily support of patients and families.

Rivera’s nomination came from a colleague who has worked with her for many years in Nursing Administration.

A photo of Betty Jo Rivera smiling. She has shoulder-length hair and is holding a bouquet of flowers.

Betty Jo Rivera

“Jo has continued being that same warm, compassionate nurse while withstanding wind, rain, snow and heat during the COVID pandemic,” the nominator said. “I have witnessed her patience and comfort, for both the sick and the anxious family members, as she consistently helps everyone understand the processes and policy required to protect both themselves and everyone else in the hospital. She has represented St. Joseph, literally at our front door, with kindness and compassion during these unusual times and deserves to be recognized.”

Campbell’s nomination mentioned the leadership and compassion she exhibits on a regular basis in the Critical Care unit and how that has intensified during the

A photo of Marissa Campbell smiling. She has long hair, which is pulled back, and is wearing a Penn State shirt. She is holding a bouquet of flowers.

Marissa Campbell

pandemic. On one day in particular, Campbell came to the aid of a coworker who was struggling emotionally as her patient was dying.

“Marissa did not hesitate. She put on [personal protective equipment] and went in the room to support her coworker and stayed with her until the patient passed,” she said. “I have witnessed Marissa doing this with her own patients seven times — [being] in the room with patients so they do not die alone. When we obtained the ability to have family members on video, this was important to the families. Marissa is very deserving of this award.”

If you're having trouble accessing this content, or would like it in another format, please email the Penn State College of Medicine web department.