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Rapid City Hospital honors DAISY winner

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 6, 2020) – Susan McKinney, Registered Nurse at Hospice House in Rapid City, has been recognized with the prestigious DAISY Award. A national program, the award is presented to nurses across the United States who go above and beyond for their patients and community. Susan was nominated by a patient’s family member who said that while all of the caregivers at Hospice House were kind and brought a personal touch, the family developed an attachment to Susan.

“Susan stood out in her compassion, knowledge and ability to reassure us that [my brother] was getting the best care through the many stages and changes he went through with his end-of-life journey.” The nominator said the family has great respect for Susan, and that the family refers to her as their favorite nurse. “It felt good to be able to count on Susan’s assuring words of what to expect next and how to comfort him.

The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses recognizes those who display dedication to the health and wellness of their patients. The DAISY Award 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.” The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.

About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. Today Monument health offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Monument health is comprised of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers.


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