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Published on January 09, 2017

Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Carol Egan, Receives "DAISY Nurse Leader Award"

Rutland Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Carol Egan, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, is the hospital’s first recipient of the "Daisy Nurse Leader Award" by the DAISY Foundation. Others at the hospital have been recognized by the DAISY Foundation for their exceptional care, but this award was the first given to a leader.

Nominated by Nursing Leadership, this award celebrates Carol’s compassionate leadership, commitment to exemplary practice, and nursing excellence.

"Carol always creates an environment that fosters care, trust, and compassion. She promotes the culture that allows us to provide exceptional care, and is the leader that inspires you to give your best every day. Carol’s transformational leadership meets every criterion within the Daisy Award for Exceptional Leaders and it is unquestionable that as she leads us, it is with the needs of our patients as the core," said Jill Markowski, Senior Director of Nursing

On Friday, January 6, employees and leadership of Rutland Regional gathered in a conference room at the hospital’s CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, where they surprised Carol Egan with this award. Also present were members of her family including two of her granddaughters, both of whom beamed with pride.

Carol Egan and grandaughtersWith increasing demands on Nurse Leaders, the DAISY Foundation believes that those who create an environment of compassion and recognition for others strongly deserve to be recognized themselves. With recognition, they may be held up as models of outstanding nursing leadership. Despite working under tremendous pressure, through their leadership, these Nurse Leaders provide a haven of safety for staff, both physically and emotionally. In this environment, Nurses are inspired to do their very best by Nurse Leaders who role-model caring behaviors. These leaders provide a setting where compassion is valued, and staff, in turn; treat patients and their families with deep humanity.

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. Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was 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 in Key Quality Measures, honored with an "A" grade by The Leapfrog Group in the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety in 2015. Recently designated for a second time, Rutland Regional is a Magnet® hospital, providing the highest level of recognition for quality nursing care.


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