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Published on March 24, 2015

Rutland Regional Names Its Third DAISY Award Winner

Sharon Decato, RN Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Sharon Decato, a registered nurse and Case Manager for the Community Health Team, was honored for excellent care by the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program. 

Decato was honored for her patient-centered approach to care and the empathy and compassion she demonstrates daily. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the inspirational everyday efforts of nurses.

“Sharon is a patient advocate who will leave no stone unturned to help a patient,” said Mary Lou Bolt, Manager of the Community Health Team. “She is a remarkable nurse who has been the cornerstone of the Community Health Team since its inception.”

Decato is an active member of the Rutland County Caregiver Coalition, a community support system for caregivers. “Sharon brings a voice to loved ones and caregivers whose task is insurmountable and seldom recognized,” wrote a team member. “She is an advocate and a leader who fosters conversations that can be difficult to have and has the skill set to address a person as a whole rather than just a diagnosis.”

The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues and her family, honored Decato with the “Extraordinary Nurse” certificate, which 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.” Additionally, Decato received a DAISY Award pin; a beautiful, hand-carved stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled “A Healer’s Touch”; a large celebratory banner that will hang in her department; and a spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation’s website.

About the DAISY Award

The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was started in Glen Allen, CA by family members of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. As a way of thanking Barnes’s nurses, his family established the award program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day.

The DAISY Award is one initiative of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups.  More information is available on their website

About Rutland Regional Medical Center 

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest hospital in Vermont and is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals. 

Rutland Regional’s commitment to quality patient care has been recognized locally and nationally by becoming the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and was honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group an independent industry watchdog, in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

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