The DAISY award is an international program that rewards and celebrates
the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses
every day. Bozeman Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing
one of our nurses with this special honor quarterly. Nomination forms
are available throughout the organization.
Daisy Winners at Bozeman Health
Shannon Brown, BSN, RN
Shannon Brown, BSN, RN, is Bozeman Health’s newest Daisy Award-winning
nurse, one who “truly embodies the Daisy spirit in life and in her
work.” The Daisy award is an international program celebrating the
extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.
Brown’s lifelong interest in helping people led to an adventurous
journey in becoming a nurse. She earned a BA in English and a Master’s
degree in journalism, and then spent time as a United Nations representative
in Austria providing HIV/AIDS education. Her quest for more knowledge
and the desire to make a greater difference in many lives led Brown to
pursue a nursing degree from an accelerated program.
Brown has been a nurse at Bozeman Health for four and a half years. She
spent her first two years on the medical floor, and has since worked in
the emergency department. According to her nomination, Brown “has
a thirst for knowledge and a passion for nursing that is evident to her
patients, co-workers, and supervisors.”
Kimberly Todd BSN, RNC
Kimberly Todd BSN, RNC, a nurse in the Family Birth Center, is the latest
Bozeman Health nurse to be honored with a Daisy Award. Kimberly has received
multiple nominations for a Daisy from her patients, in honor of her passion
for maternal and newborn health. Kimberly earned her nursing degree at
Montana State University, and joined Bozeman Health in 2004, working in
In-Home Services. She has been with the Family Birth Center since 2009.
Tim Dunnington, RN, BSN, CCRN
Tim Dunnington, RN, BSN, CCRN, October, has been credited by family members
for saving their loved ones by recognizing signs of sudden deterioration
and resuscitating the patient. Co-workers in ICU and PCU value Dunnington
for his love of teaching, positive attitude and ability to quietly inspire
other nurses to be the best they can be. He works in ICU, PCU, the Emergency
Department and as a house supervisor, and is the ICU’s Unit-Based
Beckie Walters, BSN, RN, CLC, CLE, and Nancy Thompson, BSN, RN, CLC, CBE, CLE
- Beckie Walters, lactation coordinator, BSN, RN, CLC, CLE, and Nancy Thompson,
breast-feeding counselor, BSN, RN, CLC, CBE, CLE, May, Bozeman Health
Womens' Center. Walters and Thompson, nominated by eight patients,
were honored for their work with new mothers, empowering and helping them
be comfortable feeding their babies.
Pat O’Brien, RN, BSN, CWOCN
- Pat O’Brien, RN, BSN, CWOCN, January, Bozeman Health Wound Clinic
clinical coordinator. O’Brien was nominated by colleagues among
physicians, fellow nurses, case management and spiritual care, along with
a long-term patient who calls O’Brien “a life-saver…
professional yet warm and friendly” and “incredibly efficient.”
Katie Derzay, BSN, RN
- Katie Derzay, BSN, RN, April, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital case management.
Derzay was cited for always going the extra mile, as when she arranged
for housing for a homeless man being seen at the Wound Clinic, working
with his family so he could go home and arranging for his transportation.
Stacie Harlan, BSN, RN
- Stacie Harlan, BSN, RN, September, Bozeman Health Radiology. Harlan was
nominated for initiating the PICC program, in which she trained her nurse
colleagues so that they can now provide in-house insertion, care and maintenance
of catheters used long term in patients.
Rye Cech, RN
- Rye Cech, RN, January, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital medical floor.
Cech was nominated in part based on comments from a former patient: “She
provided the support of a sister, the concerned care of a mother, the
toughness and practicality of an aunt, and the unquestioned spoiling that
a grandmother might provide.”
Chris Bies, RN
- Chris Bies, RN, April, Family Birth Center. A graduate of MSU-Northern,
Bies was nominated by her colleagues for her abilities in orienting new
nurses, her compassion and dedication to patients, and being a role model
for all her colleagues.
Pat Armstrong, RNC
- Pat Armstrong, RNC, July, Pain Resource Nurse, Bozeman Health Deaconess
Hospital medical floor. Armstrong was selected for the honor based on
nominations from two patient families, who cited her confidence, caring,
empathy, being a team player and her personality.
Matt Larson, RN
- Matt Larson, RN, September, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital Intensive
Care Unit. Larson was nominated by fellow staff for being “a rock
star among nurses, a fearless and selfless team player and exceptional
nurse.” Larson was further honored by Daisy Award founders Mark
and Bonnie Barnes who attended his presentation.
Anna Dennis, LPN
June, Family Birth Center
Janie Sukut, RN
June, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital surgical floor
Christel Vogel, RN
December, Bozeman Health Family Medicine
- Christel Vogel, RN, Bozeman Health Family Medicine, October. Vogel was
nominated for her willingness to go the extra step, as when she assisted
a mother who was driving when she noticed her child was not breathing.
By phone, Vogel calmly helped the panicked mother through CPR, and initiated
the emergency response system. Vogel was able to pinpoint the car's
location and assist the ambulance in finding them quickly.