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Glendale Nursery ICU Nurse Receives Prestigious Award


Glendale resident Maryann Gregorio, RN, is a nurse for some of Arizona’s tiniest and sickest infants in the Level III Perinatal Center and Nursery Intensive Care Unit (NyICU) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Recently recognized for providing skillful and compassionate care, Gregorio was honored with the DAISY Award. Gregorio is a committed nurse whose kind attitude toward each of her patients does not go unnoticed.

Her peers describe her as helpful, reliable, and approachable in any situation.  Having served on the NyICU team for more than 10 years, Gregorio exhibits a positive attitude each and every day. She easily handles stressful situations and is able to care for any patient in the unit. Most importantly, because of Gregorio’s emphasis on family-centered care, patient’s families rave about her service.

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of The DAISY (Diseases 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 (ITP), 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 Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “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.”

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