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Emily Pechous, RN, receives DAISY Award

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 8, 2021) – Emily Pechous, a Registered Nurse at Rapid City Hospital ICU, has received the prestigious DAISY Award. A national program, the award is presented to nurses who go above and beyond for their patients and community. She was nominated by the sibling of a patient.

The nominator lives in Sioux Falls, and was only able to spend two days with the patient before returning home. Unfortunately, the patient passed away, he explained, but Emily’s kindness helped the family cope with the loss.

“Emily was kind enough to arrange a prayer service with the hospital chaplain for my brother, including our three sisters and me via conference call. During this time, we were able to pray and say our good-byes to him and offer comfort as well since we were unable to be present,” read the nomination. “We feel that Emily went beyond her nursing duties to comfort not only the patient but his siblings during this heartbreaking event. She is a great example of humanity and compassion and represents Monument Health as a first-class facility.”

The DAISY Award recognizes the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and families every day. It was established by the DAISY Foundation in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. DAISY is an acronym for “diseases attacking the immune system.” Nurses in Rapid City are selected 12 times a year for this recognition. Nurses are also honored in Custer, Lead-Deadwood, Spearfish and Sturgis. Visit to nominate.


Wade Ellett
Communications Specialist
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Monument Health

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