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Griffin Nurses Honored with DAISY Award

By Christian Meagher on 2/25/2021

Griffin Health recently honored Angela Desjardins, RN, of Watertown, Joshua Ritton, RN, of Seymour, and Yangchen Dhondup, RN, of Naugatuck, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. Each was nominated by a patient or fellow caregivers for their exemplary care.

Desjardins, a nurse in Griffin’s ICU, was nominated by a patient’s family for her commitment to communication.

“Angela exemplifies a caring and compassionate nurse as she tirelessly tended to my husband and our family,” the nomination stated. “We were limited in way of visitation access due to COVID-19 regulations and even with this we never felt out of the loop in his care. We knew that he was in good hands as long as Angela was his nurse.”

Ritton, a nurse on Griffin’s inpatient floors, was nominated by a patient for his kind and professional attitude.

“Josh is clear in his explanations of what is going on. He spends quality time with his patients,” the nomination stated. “There was a gentleman in the room next to mine who was very confused as to where he was and why he was there. I could hear Josh speaking with him, being very considerate of the man’s confusion. Josh stayed with him, repeating information in a comforting tone until the gentleman calmed down and was able to fall asleep.”

Dhondup, a nurse in the Griffin Emergency Department, was nominated by fellow employees for her positive attitude.

“Yangchen is always positive and helpful to everyone in the Emergency Department,” the nomination stated. “The first thing out of Yangchen’s mouth when she gets to work is ‘how can I help you?’ There is not a kinder, gentler, or more genuine person than Yangchen.”

Information about the DAISY Award is included in Griffin patient information packets and nomination forms are available online and at all Griffin Health locations. The award recipients are chosen by a committee at Griffin and the award is presented throughout the year. For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/daisy.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.