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Phoenix Resident Receives DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence

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(Phoenix), Arizona, June 28, 2018

Phoenix resident and nurse at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Ghazal Ertebati, RN, recently received the DAISY Award for providing exceptional and compassionate patient care over the past four years. 

Ertebati has been part of the hospital’s Emergency Room team for almost four years. Her peers say she “gets to the heart of patients” and is always kind and compassionate with everyone who walks through the doors.

The relationships Ertebati develops with patients extends beyond their ER stay. She often requests to care for patients who come in and out frequently, and will arrange sympathy cards and flowers from the ER team for families whose loved ones have passed. 

Ertebati goes above and beyond every day and is admired for being able to provide a caring yet safe environment for all her patients, which is why her team nominated her for the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award is given to nurses to recognize the hard work and extraordinary care they provide.

“Ghazal is a role model for nursing,” said Michelle Guadnola, RN, manager of trauma and emergency services at St. Joseph’s. “She is someone we all would want caring for us or our family members, and we are so proud she has won the DAISY Award.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of The DAISY (D)iseases Attacking the Immune System Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by J. Mark Barnes and his family in memory of his son J. Patrick Barnes. J. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (IT)P, a little-known autoimmune disease. The nursing care Patrick and his family received while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families.

“We are proud to be among the hospital systems participating in The DAISY Award program,” says Patty White, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides another way for us to do that.”


About Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Located in the heart of Phoenix, Ariz., St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 586-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. St. Joseph’s is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Norton Thoracic Institute.  U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph’s among the best hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery.  For more information please visit our website at


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

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