DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Want to Say Thank You to Your Stony Brook University Hospital Nurse?

Share your story of compassionate and skillful nursing care and nominate your nurse for the DAISY Award.

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The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the autoimmune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way.

Thank you for taking the time to recognize the extraordinary nursing care you experienced or observed.

Tomal Kumar Magar, RNTomal Kumar Magar, RN, is the July recipient for the DAISY Award at Stony Brook University Hospital. Tomal was nominated by one of his patients in the NICR unit.

In the nomination, the patient noted how much Tomal cares for his patients and described him as very positive, friendly and energetic. The patient also wrote, “Tomal made me feel so important and made me realize how much he cares about humanity. Not just his patients — also his patients’ family.”

She went on to describe his caring nature by writing, “He answered me and gave me so much support about my medical condition. I learned a lot from him. He is very sweet, caring and a very traditional, respectful nurse … We need nurses like him.” Congratulations, Tomal!



Sarah Smokler, RN

Sarah Smokler, RN, Named First Hospital-Wide DAISY Award Recipient for Stony Brook University Hospital

Stony Brook University Hospital recently introduced the DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence and recognized Sarah Smokler, RN, 16 South/Cardiology as the first hospital-wide Stony Brook University Hospital recipient in June 2023 for the outstanding care and compassion she displays to her patients. She was nominated by a former patient who shared a story of how Sarah provided her with kindness and support during an anxious moment during her hospitalization.

The patient commented on how Sarah carefully explained the procedure she was having and the medications that she was taking and would check in on her regularly to make sure she wasn’t in pain. Sarah spent time listening to the patient and was attentive. The patient felt like this encounter made her hospital stay positive and a healing experience, because she felt that Sarah cared about her as a person not just a patient. Congratulations Sarah!


Stephanie TocciStephanie Tocci, RN, Named the 16th Daisy Award Recipient for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, which has been recognizing nurses with the DAISY Award since 2019, recently honored Stephanie Tocci, RN, Labor Delivery, with the 16th DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence for the outstanding care and compassion she displays to her patients. She was nominated by a former patient who shared a story of how Stephanie provided her with kindness, support and compassion during her delivery at the hospital.

The patient stated, “From the moment Stephanie walked into her shift at 7 pm and introduced herself, she was full of light — friendly, happy, caring, compassionate and reassuring.

"Stephanie made her mark on my heart and life forever. She was the one who took care of me and offered me guidance and support in my first hours as a mom, and I am forever grateful.” Congratulations, Stephanie, for being the DAISY Award recipient for the month of May!


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