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First DAISY Award Winner at Jones Memorial Hospital


Intensive Care Nurse Dylan Chamberlain carries on a family tradition of extraordinary care

WELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2023) – Dylan Chamberlain, RN, an ICU nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital was 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. 

“Dylan is one of the most dedicated nurses I have ever seen,” said Steve Melton when nominating Dylan for this prestigious award. “I thought nurses like him were all gone but after seeing how he loves what he does and what he brings to the job, I will always come to this hospital.” Mr. Melton, a disabled veteran, added that his mother was a nurse for 40 years. “She would be proud to see the excellence that is carried on in Dylan.”

Sandra Watkins, RN BSN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, left, Dylan Chamberlain, and Sharon Draper, BSN RN.

Sandra Watkins, BSN RN, Chief Nursing Office at Jones, led the award presentation, thanking Dylan for the care he provides patients.  “I’m sure Dylan is thinking ‘I was just doing my job,’ but when nurses are ‘just doing their job’ they have a powerful impact on the patient and on the patient’s family,” she said.

Sharon Draper, BSN RN, presented Dylan with The Healer’s Touch, a unique sculpture that represents the bond between nurses and their patients. In addition, he was presented with a bouquet of daisies and a special DAISY pin. A banner with Dylan’s picture will be displayed in the JMH Café.

An international organization, the DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family after his death in late 1999 at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was a way for the family to thank not only the nurses who cared for Patrick – and by extension his family – but exceptional nurses everywhere. 

If you or a family member have ever been an inpatient, you know firsthand the difference an exceptional nurse can make on that experience. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the exceptional compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day.  Nominations can be submitted on line using the link at the JMH website ( or by submitting a paper nomination in one of the nominations boxes located throughout Jones Memorial.

Congratulations Dylan!

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