Morristown Medical Center team member earns DAISY Award for life saving action

Nurses are always committed to the care of their patients and don’t often get to provide care for each other, but that’s exactly what happened recently at Morristown Medical Center. A phlebotomist was drawing blood when she began to feel ill. She had developed a great rapport with the patient and wanted to continue caring for them, but she couldn’t shake the sick feeling she had. Suddenly she passed out and collapsed.

Luckily, Elise Moholkar, RN was nearby, saw what was happening and swooped in to catch the phlebotomist as she fell. The phlebotomist was immediately rushed off to the emergency department, and Moholkar and her fellow nurses never knew how the story ended. Four months later they got their answer: the phlebotomist--a mother of four, with infant twins--had suffered a stroke, but was making a recovery. Doctors told her that were it not for Moholkar, she could have hit her head and suffered severe or potentially life-threatening injuries. But thanks to the care she received, including recovery therapy during which she relearned to walk and talk, the phlebotomist was able to return to work. The two were recently reunited so the phlebotomist could thank Moholkar for saving her life and to recognize her extraordinary care.

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Because of her quick action, and because she’s considered such a valuable team member at Morristown Medical Center, Moholkar’s fellow nurses nominated her for the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. The award is bestowed by the DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system”) an international organization created to honor nurses by the family of a man who died following complications from an autoimmune disorder. The family was incredibly touched by how attentive and caring his nurses were during his hospital stay and were determined to continue honoring nurses who exemplify the very best of their profession.

Despite nursing being a second career, she began only a few years ago, Moholkar has already made a tremendous impression on her colleagues. “The entire team knows her as kind, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients,” said Leyla Kelemet, assistant nurse manager, Morristown Medical Center. “I don’t know how anyone will be able to top her guardian angel status!”

Want to recognize a nurse for extraordinary caring? You can nominate a nurse a DAISY award here, and you can learn more about the DAISY Foundation by visiting www.daisyfoundation.org.