SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner
Ashley Jowett
/ Categories: NEWS, 2021

SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

BENNINGTON, VT—June 30, 2021—Patricia Johnson, RN, of the Emergency Department, was a recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

“Patricia has so many powerful nursing strengths,” shared Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, SVHC’s chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services. “What stood out to the patients who nominated her was her advocacy. She serves as their voice when they can’t.”

Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation in the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).

Johnson was nominated by two different patients. One of the nominators was the family of a cancer patient who received excellent care in the Emergency Department. While the patient eventually passed away, her husband remembered Johnson for making the Emergency visit more bearable.

“I do hope if I ever have to go to the ER, Patty will be there to treat me,” he said via Zoom during the presentation. “She is so caring and gentle and nice! Patty really cares about her patients.”

Johnson holds an associate’s in nursing from Vermont Technical College, a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Southern Vermont College, and a master’s in leadership management from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She has worked in various roles at SVMC since 2016. She also works as director of nursing for Recovery House in Wallingford, VT. She lives in Bennington.

“I have chosen to incorporate the words of Maya Angelou into daily nursing practice,” Johnson said. “‘I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’”

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.

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most lauded small rural health systems in the nation. It is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. SVMC ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index and is a five-time recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. It has also received the highest marks possible from the Leapfrog Group. 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559. 

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