RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 3, 2022) – Matt Nugent, a Registered Nurse at Rapid City Hospital, 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. He was nominated by a patient family member.
The patient’s family member wrote, “My dad was admitted to Monument Health while on vacation. He spent multiple days in the ICU with Matthew as his day nurse. It was a rough time for my dad, but he was really touched by the care and connection he made with Matthew. Matthew made my dad feel dignified during a time that my dad didn’t have full control over his body.”
The nomination continued, “On the day my dad was discharged, he was Matthew’s only patient. Matthew took it upon himself to wheel my dad out, although he could have had someone else do it. My dad expressed numerous times how well cared for he felt. It takes a special person to make patients feel like family.”
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.
About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 31 medical specialties and serves 14 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 5,000 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is composed of 5 hospitals and 40 medical clinics and specialty centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
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