Two Noyes Memorial Nurses, Honored With Awards

May 12, 2021

Two nurses at Noyes Memorial Hospital were recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

This year’s winners were Caitlin O’Brien, a nurse on the Medical/Surgical Unit; and Leah Allen Hayward, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.

Hayward, who lives in Cohocton, received two nominations. One patient wrote, “When I first came to the ICU on Saturday, I had tried to overdose on Jack Daniels and 2 different blood pressure medications. I realize now that was a mistake. Since the time I arrived, she has listened to what I had to say just for the sake of listening to me. It makes an awkward and ugly situation that much easier to manage and makes me feel she goes above and beyond.”

A parent talked about how busy Hayward was throughout her shift, but she always made time for her daughter. She is very polite, professional, and plain and simple-caring. Despite how busy she has been, she was very attentive throughout her shift. My daughter really enjoyed having (Leah) as her nurse.

Hayward attended Finger Lakes College of nursing, as well as SUNY Empire State.

Caitlin O’Brien is the second winner of the Daisy Award. A Nunda native, O’Brien attended Keshequa High School before getting her nursing degree from Alfred State College.

Her nomination read, “First, we would like to thank this special nurse for her dedication as we have not met each other at all. She would go out of her way not only to take good care of my mother who is 93 years old, she’s hard to hear and could not respond to the staff due to her hearing issues. She can only talk to us if she’s on facetime or zoom meeting etc. Besides the nursing care, she helped us to set up zoom meeting with my mothers’ children/grandchildren so that she is happy and making big progress in her sickness. Lastly, we would like to thank Caitlin for her role as well as all the nursing staff/doctors/social workers/kitchen staff/and the lab technician, everyone on third floor with their dedications. I must say, Noyes Hospital is a very nice and friendly care hospital. Again, thank you so much for everything you have done for my mother during her stay here from April 11-19, 2021.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.