Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at VRH

May 12, 2016 – Nurses at Valley Regional Healthcare are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Valley Regional celebrates the excellence and compassion of its nursing staff every year, highlighting the service they provide as the backbone of care for our patients. This year, Valley Regional has partnered with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary efforts nurses perform every day.  The Inaugural DAISY Award Honoree is Lori Lavertue, who works in the Emergency Department. Her nomination was made by a patient’s family who commented “ a tough moment for our family became easier because of a nurse who was dedicated to her work and her patient.” She provides outstanding patient and family-centered care that demonstrates Valley’s guiding principles of integrity, excellence, accountability, and compassion. Other Award nominees were also recognized:  Christen Emerson, Kane Center; Laura Labrie, QI/QA, ED; Leslie Minckler, Medical/Surgical unit; and Tracey Thibodeau,  VRH Surgical Associates. DAISY Award honorees personify Valley Regional’s remarkable patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Twice a year, a nurse will be selected by Valley Regional’s DAISY Committee to receive The DAISY Award.  Presentation at a celebration with colleagues, physicians, and patients, the honoree receives a certificate commending her/ him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate 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.”  The honoree is also given a beautiful and unique sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.


The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient‘s families .

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll, and enough for all the nurses in his unit.  With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Valley Regional are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Valley Regional Chief Nursing Officer Lynne Gagnon declared, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way to help us to do that.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org
This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students, the DAISY Nurse Leader Award, the DAISY Team award  and the DAISY Champion Award. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.


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