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CHAMBERSBURG — Derek Coy, a Registered Nurse at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, received the June DAISY award after being nominated by a heart attack survivor for his exceptional care and compassion.

The patient shared these words:

“I began a heart attack at home. It was the first time I ever had any heart trouble, but I knew it was serious. In the emergency room, I blacked out and died. They shocked me back and gave me CPR to get me breathing again. Within a couple of minutes, I was off to the Cath Lab. I had no idea what was about to happen to me, and there wasn’t time to explain.

The RN, Derek told me not to worry about a thing, that I was in the best hands possible, and I was going to be ok, so just relax. I was awake the entire time during the procedure – three stents and a heart pump. The doctor, Dr. Safi worked on my right leg for almost 2 hours. He was putting a great deal of pressure on my right leg. Not having a clue as to what was going on, I thought there was something drastically wrong with my right leg. Finally, the procedures were over, and the doctor said I did well, and I was going to be ok. When he left the room, the nurses prepared to take me to critical care.

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I asked Derek what was wrong with my right leg. He said, “What do you mean”? I said, “Well the doctor worked an awful long time on my right leg”. The nurse chuckled and said, “Dr. Safi wasn’t working on your right leg, he was working on your heart”. Eventually, Derek took me to the critical care room. When we got there, Derek talked with me answering any questions I had. At that point, I thought my chances of survival were slim. Derek was very upbeat and explained how he had seen many, many patients with similar situations and how almost all of them had happy endings. He reiterated that I was going to be ok.

Derek tried to put me at ease and helped me get through that first day. It was the worst day of my life, and I didn’t know what tomorrow would bring. It was the first time in my life of 70 years that my life was so seriously threatened. I appreciated every word of encouragement from Derek.

Before I left the hospital, I told Derek that he was like a brother to me.”

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital extends its gratitude to Derek for providing exceptional care to his patients.

If you would like to nominate someone for a DAISY award, please visit:

About DAISY Awards: 
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto‐immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say, “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. 

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