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DAISY Award Winner Kim Arnold Sets the Standard for Compassionate Care

July 10, 2012

Pulaski, VA, July, 2012 – Kim Arnold, R.N., C.E.N. has dedicated much of her life to caring for others including 18 years at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski where she is known for her exceptional bedside manner. It’s the reason the hospital’s Nursing Professional Development Council selected her as the winner of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

“Kim displays the compassion for her patients that is the essence of nursing,” said Cathy Smotrila, R.N., Director of Emergency Services. “This compassion, combined with her nursing skills, sets the standard for all nurses.”

Kim’s interest in healthcare started in high school and she soon discovered her passion for the nursing field and emergency medicine. She is a certified emergency room nurse and currently serves as the clinical team leader in the emergency department. She is also certified in trauma nursing.

“I am committed to providing excellent patient care, “said Kim. “I always strive to be sensitive to my patients’ needs and feel honored to be recognized for the compassionate care I provide. To be nominated and to receive the Daisy award is one of my greatest rewards.”

Every quarter LewisGale Hospital Pulaski selects a new nurse to receive the award. Kim is the first award recipient for 2012.

“Kim puts her heart into everything she does and her patients are no exception,” said Linda Shepherd, R.N., Chief Nursing Officer. “Her knowledge and expertise make her a huge asset to her patients as well as our facility.”

About the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses
The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, California.  The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

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