Erin Colozzi, BSN, CCRN, of Christiana Hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for September 2017.

Christiana Care DAISY Award recipients are nurses recognized for meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of patients and families by displaying exceptional clinical skills, compassion, respect and partnership.

Erin Colozzi’s DAISY nomination came from the wife of a patient.

“My husband received excellent care from everyone during the three days he spent in the MICU,” she said. “However, one nurse stood out — Erin Colozzi went above and beyond in caring for my husband and showed our family true compassion. Our son, an ER Trauma Nurse, knows a special nurse when he sees one. Erin took the time to speak with him nurse-to-nurse and involve him in my husband’s care.

“Erin made us feel as if we were the only patients she had. Her warmth and dedication made a very hard situation a little more bearable. I just need you to know what a special person she is and was to us. I will never forget Erin’s kindness and caring.”

Established in 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to honor his memory with a tribute to the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his hospitalization. Today, more than 2,500 health care facilities in every state and 15 countries honor nurses with the DAISY Award.

The Professional Nurse Council at Christiana Care selects DAISY Award recipients using a blind selection process based on nominations from patients, families and all members of the Christiana Care team. All nurses — inpatient, outpatient and VNA — are eligible.