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Nurse Wins DAISY Award for Extraordinary Compassion


In photo, L to R. Ann Keane, MSN, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN, director of Patient Care Services, Kent Campus; Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, senior vice president and chief nursing executive; Angela Peacemaker, RN; Verna Sellers, MSN, RN, CNML, NMF.

Bayhealth nurse Angela Peacemaker, RN, received the Bayhealth Kent General DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award was created by the family of Patrick Barnes to honor the nurses who cared for him and for his family during the last weeks of his life. Health systems give the award to recognize the compassion and kindness that nurses offer patients every day.

Co-workers shared stories of Peacemaker’s devotion to patients. Her caring for one patient in particular stood out.

When a cancer patient’s insurance company ended his coverage hours before discharge, Peacemaker called pharmacies across the state to find a way to have the patient’s medication provided at a discounted rate.

She made sure the patient had enough money for his medication before he left the hospital. Peacemaker also called the pharmacy so the prescription was waiting when he arrived.

These details were important because the patient had a specialist appointment that afternoon over an hour away. If he missed it, his next chance to see that doctor would be in several months.

Thanks to Peacemaker’s efforts, the patient was able to pick up his cancer medication and make it to his appointment.

“Angela Peacemaker always puts her patients first,” said Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, senior vice president and chief nursing executive. “She is a great asset to our nursing team.”

Peacemaker joined Bayhealth in October 2010 after working at Dr. Stephen Cooper’s office for 15 years as a medical assistant. She also served as a medical technician in the USAF for 20 years, stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

She is currently pursuing a BSN at Wilmington University.

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