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Published on May 26, 2016

Sonce Pearce, RN Receives Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Sonce Pearce with the SkellysRutland Regional Medical Center’s Sonce Pearce, a registered nurse at the ENT & Audiology clinic, was honored for excellent care by the DAISY Foundation. The DAISY Award is a nation-wide program that recognizes nursing excellence.

Pearce received a heartfelt nomination from a patient who went into sudden cardiac arrest following a routine hearing aid check. Pearce, who was nearby, immediately went to work providing CPR with assistance from ENT physician Jennifer Judkins, MD. The patient’s wife wrote, "She (Sonce) responded instantly to the situation and did what she had to do with vigor and determination. Her prompt and efficient action saved my husband’s life."

"We are so proud to have her on the team," said Elizabeth Kyhill, Sr. Director of Clinical Services. "Sonce’s quick thinking and actions represent the skill level and kind heart that she displays every day."

The DAISY Award ceremony, held before family and colleagues, honored Pearce 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, Pearce received a DAISY Award pin; a beautiful, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled "A Healer's Touch"; a large celebratory banner that will hang in her unit; and a spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation’s website.

The Daisy Award

The DAISY Foundation was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. When their son Patrick was ill, the Barnes family was in awed by the skill, care, and compassion of his nurses. They created The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses in 2001 to say thank you to nurses around the country, because they believed nurses are truly "unsung heroes." They felt nurses are deserving of our society's profound respect and recognition for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, not to mention the caring with which they deliver their care.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center is the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont with a national reputation for outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. US News & World Report has recognized Rutland Regional as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, and Healthgrades® named Rutland Regional among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, along with “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Pacemaker Procedures, Prostate Surgery and Total Knee Replacement. Recently designated for a second time, Rutland Regional is a Magnet® hospital, providing the highest level of recognition for quality nursing care.


Media Contact: Bernadette C. Robin, 802.772.2843 or


Photo provided by Rutland Regional Medical Center. Sonce Pearce, RN appears with Tom & Charline Skelly.

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