SVHC Honors the SVMC ICU Team with DAISY Team Award

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Left to right: Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC); Colleen Doyle, RN; Eva Sagan RN; Mindy Dame MSN RN, director of ICU and Women’s and Children’s Services; Kelly Whitman, LNA; Alex Cross LNA; Emily Mallory, MSN, RN, CCR; Adrienne Gigliotti, BSN, RN, CCRN; and Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, SVHC’s chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services.
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), was the recipient of the DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses in May. 
The department was nominated in a heartfelt message from a patient recovering from an overdose.
The nominator wrote, "I would just like to sincerely thank all the staff on the floor for taking the best possible care of me. Each nurse and LNA showed me so much empathy and gratitude, love, and respect. Each nurse had so much to bring to the table and, in combination, gave me the best care I've ever had. [It was] a judgement-free zone, where I didn't feel condemned or belittled for my illness. Thank you all for your hard work, compassion, and dedication. I wouldn't be able to make it through all of this without each and every one of you."
Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation in the ICU last month.
"This nomination brings tears to my eyes," said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, SVHC's chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services. "Our ICU nurses know that medicine saves bodies but, in many situations, it's kindness that saves lives. I am inspired by their heroic life-saving work."
The ICU Department is made up of 25 full- and part-time staff members. Together with medical staff, they offer intensive care to as many as 10 patients at a time.
"I am grateful to have a team that is genuinely compassionate and empathetic to all patients," said Mindy Dame MSN RN, the department's director. "It is an honor to care for the patients in our community with kindness and to be able to witness the difference it makes for them and their families."
The DAISY Award is part of a national merit-based recognition program established by the DAISY Foundation. It celebrates nurses' education, training, and skill. Nominations can be submitted by patients, families, physicians, and colleagues. All nominations are blinded, so that they are anonymous before being reviewed by a selection committee. One nurse is then chosen as the DAISY Award winner. DAISY Awards are presented on a regular basis, usually bi-monthly or quarterly.

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