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Published on May 14, 2021

Rutland Regional Medical Center Nurses Honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

It is week two of Nurses Month and the theme is Recognition. This week we recognized and celebrated nurses by presenting the DAISY Team Award, the DAISY Individual Award, and the DAISY Leader Award.

Throughout the year, nurses are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. All nominations are thoroughly reviewed through a blinded process by the Nursing Shared Governance Council and the Council selects each year’s Individual, Team, and Leader DAISY winners.

DAISY Team Award: The Surgical Care Unit (SCU) was honored with this year’s DAISY Team Award. The Team Award is provided annually in recognition of a care team, led by a nurse, that has gone above and beyond to provide extraordinary patient care. The award recognizes that collaboration and teamwork are key to providing patients with high-quality care and a positive experience. The SCU team led by Melissa Angelo-Coloutti, BSN, RN, was recognized by a patient for going above and beyond throughout the patient’s entire stay to ensure their safety, comfort, and optimal healing.

DAISY Leader Award: Amy Martone, BSN, RN, MBA, NPD-BC, Director of Nursing Excellence, was honored with this year’s DAISY Leader Award during a small celebration in the hospital gardens. The Leader Award is provided annually to a nurse leader who is a role model for exemplary practice, as well as supporting staff with a shared vision, fostering an environment of care and compassion, and enhancing the image of nursing. Amy was nominated by a colleague for her work in leading Rutland Regional Nursing to their third ANCC Magnet Designation.

DAISY Individual Award: Honorees are selected and recognized for the extraordinary compassionate care that they provide to patients in their practice environment.

  • Brittney Putorti, RN, Surgical Care Unit: Brittney was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care on SCU. In the nomination, the patient shared “her constant smile and encouragement… and her care helped me heal faster.”
  • Kristina LaFond, BSN, RN, Progressive Care Unit: Kristina was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care on PCU. In her nomination, the patient shared, “In my 80+ years being a patient in hospitals, Kristina is the best nurse I have ever had.
  • Patti Kent, RN, CHPN, Palliative Care Program: Patti was nominated by a peer for her extraordinary role in the Palliative Care Program and the work she does to honor her patients every day. In the nomination, a fellow nurse shared, “the patient’s family was so grateful for all everyone had done to honor the patient’s wishes and it was Patti who had gone above and beyond to do it.”
  • Lisa Schauwecker, BSN, RN, CRRN, ONC, RN-BC, Surgical Care Unit: Lisa was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care on SCU. In her nomination, the patient recognized Lisa as a “remarkable and dedicated… nurse superstar.

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, or contact Bonnie Barnes, President/Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, at 707.996.7936 or at

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About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.


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