SALINAS, CA, September 23, 2019- Stephanie Fierro, RN had no idea the woman she cared for last year would
come back into her life in a very special way. Today, Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System presented Stephanie with the Daisy Award for nursing
excellence and the woman who nominated her for the award was at the hospital
for the ceremony.
Salinas mother Edith Guzman gave birth to her third child Christmas Day,
2017 however her daughter’s birth was complicated and Edith ended
up spending three weeks in the hospital including time in the intensive
care unit. During that period, Stephanie was one of the nurses who cared
“Everyone here was amazing, they truly saved my life,” says
Edith Guzman. “Stephanie though was the one who gave me the extra
encouragement, support and patience to help me recover so I would live
to raise my baby. I could never tell her how much she meant to me.”
Edith learned about the Daisy Award and knew, even more than a year after
the kindness, she had to nominate Stephanie. Stephanie works as a registered
nurse on the One Main Floor and today, her colleagues and the Chief Nursing
Officer presented Stephanie with the Daisy Award. The honor includes a
hand carved statue and formal recognition certificate.
“Edith had as much impact on me as I apparently had on her,”
says Stephanie Fierro, RN. “I love what I do as a nurse here and
Edith reminds me how we have to put ourselves in our patient’s shoes
every day. I never expected to receive an award so this means a lot to
The publically elected Board of Directors at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
System will also recognize Stephanie at a future board meeting. The following
employees were also nominated for the September Daisy Award: Katrina Cross,
Jennifer Denny, RN II, Maria Montenegro, RN II, and Necole Olivio, RN II.
Coincidently, Edith had named her daughter Daisy and remarked that the
Daisy Award going to Stephanie was “another amazing element to the
story.” SVMHS participates in the national DAISY Award program which
celebrates compassionate and skillful nursing care.
Every month, Salinas Valley Memorial recognizes an outstanding employee
with a Daisy Award (for nurses) or a STAR Award (for all staff). Nominations
can be submitted by patients, visitors and staff. Nomination forms and
drop boxes are located throughout the hospital. To learn more about the
awards visit svmh.com/nomination.
Editor note: Photo attached: Left to right: Stephanie Fierro, RN and former patient,