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Imelda Tangonan, RN, Receives National DAISY Award


VALHALLA, NY (August 2013) – Imelda Tangonan, RN, received a DAISY Award for Exceptional Nurses at Blythedale Children’s Hospital for the third quarter of 2013, on Thursday, August 8.  Tangonan received the national award during a ceremony held at the Hospital, in recognition of her extraordinary patient care and dedication.

"Here at Blythedale, we work with some of the New York metropolitan area’s most medically complex and fragile children,” said Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jill M. Wegener, MSN, RN, CCRN.  "Providing comfort and compassion to these patients and their families, especially in their most vulnerable moments, is at the heart of nursing at Blythedale,” she said.  

Wegener led the ceremony and read excerpts from Tangonan’s nomination form, which was submitted by a nursing supervisor who praised Tangonan as a devoted nurse who goes "above and beyond” what is required of her.  

"I have always been impressed by Imelda’s excellent clinical judgment skills, her actions in emergencies, and her team spirit,” her supervisor wrote.  But Tangonan’s skill is not the only thing that sets her apart.  "Imelda handles difficult situations with such caring, compassion, and love,” she added.  "Her dedication and tenderness make her an asset to Blythedale and it is an honor and a privilege to know her and work with her.”    

 "Imelda is a true professional who possesses the clinical expertise and the sensitivity needed to care for the babies on our Infant and Toddler Unit,” said Blythedale’s Chief Operating Officer Maureen Desimone, RN.  "On behalf of the Blythedale community, I am proud to honor Imelda as the recipient of this quarter’s DAISY Award and to thank her for the excellent patient care that she provides here each and every day.”

In addition to the kind words of praise, Tangonan received an "Exceptional Nurse” certificate from the DAISY Foundation, a daisy pin, and a small handcrafted "Healer’s Touch” sculpture made by Shona artisans in Zimbabwe.  The sculpture represents the importance of healers, and reflects the value placed on nurses by Blythedale, its patients and parents.

Tangonan has worked as a nurse on the Infant and Toddler Unit at Blythedale since 1989.  She lives in White Plains with her husband and two children.

Registered nurses may be nominated for a DAlSY Award by staff, co-workers, patients or patients’ parents and family members. Winners are selected by an 11-member committee based on a list of criteria including compassionate caring, inspiration of others, resolution of patient care challenges, and establishing a caring presence and healing bond with the patient and family. 

The DAISY Award, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, is a national program that began in 2001 by the DAISY Foundation in Glen Ellen, California. The DAISY Foundation was started by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a bleeding condition in which the blood doesn’t clot properly. Deeply touched by the compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses, the Barnes family created the national DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to recognize the incredible work that nurses do every day. Focus Brands Inc., makers of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, and AONE (American Organization for Nurse Executives) are corporate sponsors of the DAISY Awards.

For more information on the DAISY Award at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, please contact Blythedale’s Clinical Nurse Educator Linda Bove at or 914-831-2433.  For more information about the DAISY Foundation, please visit 

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