Alisha Peters, RN, Award First DAISY Award at NLH

Alisha Peters, RN, Award First DAISY Award at NLH

GLOVERSVILLE, NY — Strapped with a yellow facemask, nurse Alisha Peters had finished hooking an IV into a patient when two staff members told her to step outside the hospital room.

A group of cheerful employees surrounded the hallway. Her husband was there. Her parents were there. Her two tawny-haired daughters were there. 

Photo taken by Dakota Pike.

DAISY Award Honoree Alisha Peters, RN, (centered) with her two daughters, her husband, and Nathan Littauer’s Senior Nursing Director Jennifer Elmendorf, MSN, RN, CLNC (right).

“Mommy!” one daughter shouted. 

To a round of applause, Peters was bestowed the DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence. Among 120 nurses across the rural health care network, she’s the first staffer at the Gloversville hospital to receive the accolade.

Read the full article on the Daily Gazette’s website.

Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Team Donates to Nathan Littauer Birthing Center

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Nathan Littauer Hospital is pleased to announce a generous grant of $3,000.00 from Stewart’s Shops and the Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Team. This grant was used to purchase a CuddleCot™ for the hospital’s Birthing Center, enhancing the quality of care provided to families experiencing infant loss. According The CuddleCot website, A CuddleCot™ is a specialized cooling device which allows families more time to grieve and bond with their baby after their demise.

The CuddleCot™ is a compassionate way to provide grieving time for families experiencing loss, and preserves their baby’s appearance, condition, and their dignity. The device offers families the time to create precious memories, keep their loved ones close, enable family and friends to meet their baby, and the time to make necessary arrangements.

“We are incredibly grateful to Stewart’s Shops and the Holiday Match Team for their generous gift,” said Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Vice President of Business Development Geoffrey Peck. “This contribution will make a meaningful difference in the lives of families during a difficult time, and we are honored to have the support of a community-minded organization such as Stewarts.”

From left: Nathan Littauer Vice President Geoffrey Peck; Stewarts’ Shops Store Manager Oshanda Pollard; Birthing Center Nurse Manager Maureen Mosher; Birthing Center Assistant Nurse Manager Gina Lachmayer; and Birthing Center Ward Clerk Melissa Walker.

The Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match program, a longstanding tradition, involves collecting and matching donations made by customers. Half of the donations come from Stewart’s Shops customers, and Stewart’s doubles every donation, allowing for a significant impact on local communities.

Stewart’s Shops Store 180 Manager, Oshanda Pollard presented Nathan Littauer with a check of $3,000.00 on April 24, 2024. “The Holiday Match program is phenomenal,” said Oshanda. “I hope and pray that people always have just a little to give to such a great cause, because it’s giving back to our community in such a big way. I’ve had all of my six children with Nathan Littauer. With the donation from Stewarts’ Shops to purchase the CuddleCot™, Nathan Littauer can provide a gentle way for grieving parents to mourn the loss of their child.”

“We are thankful to Stewart’s Shops and the Holiday Match Team for their thoughtful and generous grant,” said Maureen Mosher, Manager of the Birthing Center at Nathan Littauer Hospital. “This contribution will have a profound impact on the families we serve, providing some comfort and support.”

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve.  More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Nathan Littauer

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home will be honored 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. Nathan Littauer held an internal launch event Thursday, February 1, announcing their DAISY Award program launch.

Littauer Staff gather to celebrate the launch of the DAISY Award program at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home (February 1st, 2024)

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.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a DAISY committee at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters (h.c) and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet, these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Nathan Littauer are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

“We are excited to contribute to the international success of the DAISY Award, showcasing the dedication and excellence of our very own nursing staff on a global scale,” said Nursing Director Jennifer Elmendorf, RN, MSN, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program. Our nurses go above and beyond for our patients every day, and it’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the DAISY Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in thousands of healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants and their new Health Equity Grant programs. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

 

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve.  More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Nathan Littauer’s First Baby Born in 2024

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center welcomed its first and last Blessings of 2023 and 2024, respectively. Nathan Littauer is thrilled to introduce the last baby born in 2023, and its first adorable arrival of 2024!

Last Baby born at Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center in 2023:
Baby Boy Kohlson Lee Barr was born on December 31st, 2023 at 11:08 AM, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

First Baby born at Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center in 2024:
Baby Girl Ellianna Rae-Ann Syzdek was born January 1st, 2024 at 10:07 PM, weighing 7 pounds and 5 ounces.

Both families were gifted baskets from Nathan Littauer Birthing Center staff, and from the Nathan Littauer Auxiliary and Volunteers.

Congratulations to the Barr and Syzdek families, and Nathan Littauer wishes them a lifetime of joy and unforgettable memories with their little ones.

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve.  More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center Celebrates with Friends of the Gloversville Public Library

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week 2023 in October, the Friends of the Gloversville Public Library presented the first baby born the week of October 22nd at The Nathan Littauer Birthing Center with a basket of books, clothing, and other gifts.

Luca Russo was born at Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center at 2:39 a.m. on October 22, 2023, making him the gift recipient. He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He is the son of Benjamin Russo and Kathryn Romano.

“We are very thankful,” said Russo. “It is an incredibly nice gesture of the Friends of the Library, and we can’t wait to read some of the books to him.”

Friends of the Gloversville Public Library President Jean LaPorta said the organization does this activity annually for the first baby born at Nathan Littauer during National Friends of Libraries Week. Together, the organization has been donating the gift baskets for more than ten years. “We love doing this,” LaPorta added. “We hope these books will encourage an admiration of reading in the child, and that when they are old enough, they will choose to visit our library to read many more books.”

This gift basket donated to the Nathan Littauer Birthing Center from the Friends of the Gloversville Public Library is made annually by member donations. Those who are interested in becoming Friends of the Public Library should visit their website or by calling the library at (518) 725-2819.

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve.  More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.