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Published on July 14, 2016

Three Rutland Regional Nurses Honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Three nurses win DAISY awardCompassionate care runs deep in the Edgerton family as Karen and Steve Edgerton, along with their future daughter-in-law, Kathleen Tredtin, were honored recently for going above and beyond in caring for a woman who became ill while shopping. The Edgertons and Tredtin were honored at a ceremony at Rutland Regional Medical Center and given The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program of the DAISY Foundation. The award recognizes the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The trio of nurses was nominated by fellow nurse, Samantha Helinski and a recently discharged patient who was grocery shopping with her husband when she became too weak to walk. The patient wrote, “The nicest woman came to help me, she is a nurse at the hospital, her husband and future daughter-in-law were there, too.” The patient related how Karen, Steve and Kathleen completed the couple′s shopping, helped put away the groceries, and stayed with the couple to ensure they had no additional needs. Tredtin also made an appointment for the patient at the Rutland Heart Center for the next day. The patient′s letter continued, “They were absolutely, wonderfully kind people…you hear about bad things that happen, but not always the great things like this. These were wonderful people who helped us. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”

Steve Edgerton, is an RN in the operating room, Karen Edgerton, RN works in Utilization Review and Kathleen Tredtin is an RN at the Rutland Heart Center. 
“All nurses are extraordinary,” said Carol Egan, MSN, MSA, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer & VP Hospital Service Delivery, “but this is remarkable and I am so proud of these three wonderful nurses.”

The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, honored the Edgertons and Tredtin 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, they 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 their units; 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. Grateful patient, family and Sam Helinski, RN hold the DAISY banner for honorees Steve Edgerton, RN, Karen Edgerton, RN and Kathleen Tredtin, RN.

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