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Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 3, 2021) — Gretchen Emrich, a Registered Nurse at Rapid City Hospital Emergency Department, 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.
Gretchen took action to save a life when a patient stopped breathing. Because of decisive action, she was able to restore the patient’s airway and oxygenation.
“She saved this patient’s life,” read the nomination. “I was extremely impressed with her clinical acumen and proactive care plan. In my opinion, these actions rise to the level of heroic.”
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 monument.health/daisy to nominate.
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