Montpetit honored with DAISY award

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Linda Montpetit, RN, a case manager at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, has been named the most recent winner of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Montpetit received the honor for going above and beyond in caring for a stroke patient at the hospital. She not only helped coordinate his care but she stepped in to become part of his rehabilitation by spending time in the patient’s room and working to improve his coordination.

“Linda is a consistent high achiever when it comes to patient care at our hospital,” said Jason Smith, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Newnan. “When a co-worker spotted her in the patient’s room, tossing a ball back and forth and encouraging this patient’s progress, I was not surprised. Nurses are everyday heroes here at Piedmont Newnan and the DAISY Award is an important way to let our nurses know their work is highly valued.”

Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Honorees are selected monthly by a selection committee.DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

The DAISY Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

To nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, visit piedmontnewnan.org.