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Monument Health Rapid City Hospital honors DAISY winner

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 7, 2018) – Samantha Loen, a registered nurse at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital, 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. Loen received nominations from a patient and two family members. Those who nominated her commented on her thorough assessments, great sense of humor, and ability to form strong relationships with patients.

“The care she provided my dad was top notch. Her assessment skills and care are 100% thorough; she does not miss a beat! She knows how to relate to her patients and meet them where they are,” said the family member of a former patient. “Mostly, I want to thank her for her advocacy. She kept dad’s medical team informed and helped make decisions regarding his care.”

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.

Monument Health
Monument Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, headquartered in Rapid City, provides community-based health care covering 32 specialty areas of medicine in more than 20 communities in two states. Monument Health is comprised of five hospitals, 25 clinics and more than 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Monument Health hospitals in Rapid City, Spearfish and Sturgis have been rated as four-star hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information, visit


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