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National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses 2017 Honorees Announced

Wednesday, April 19, 2017   (1 Comments)
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Nurses from PenroseSt. Francis Health Services and UCLA Health to be recognized at the 19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, May 17-19, 2017

Boston, MA, April 19, 2017—The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2017 National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses. Peggy Kattenberg, BSN, RN, CMSRN, of Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado, was chosen to receive the individual award. The 2017 team award will go to the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, part of UCLA Health.

The awards will be conferred during the 19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, which takes place May 17-19, 2017, in Orlando, FL.


   Peggy Kattenberg (top) and
Team Kalynn Registered Nurses,
from left, Lan Vuong, Yuhan Mao,
Sherry Xu and Chelsea Stone

This award program derives from the DAISY Foundation’s signature program, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is given to nurses in more than 2,600 health care facilities in all 50 states and in 14 other countries. Nurses who received The DAISY Award within their organizations between January 2015 and June 2016 were eligible for the 2017 international award, which places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety.

“We consider this partnership with The DAISY Foundation to be very special because it provides a way to recognize and honor the nursing profession and exceptional contributions to patient safety,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, senior vice president and chief operating officer, NPSF. “We congratulate all of this year’s nominees for their dedication to their patients and to providing safe health care.”

Ms. Kattenberg is known at Penrose-St. Francis for her passion for nursing, education, and advocating for her patients. She is being honored in part for an initiative she led into risks associated with nurse interruptions during medication administration.


“Peggy designed a study in which she discovered the astounding number of phone calls nurses receive during specific times when medications are administered on the floor. Her goal was to find a way to decrease the amount of distractions nurses incur during medication administration,” said Cynthia Latney, MSN, BSN, chief nursing officer at Penrose-St. Francis. “The study ultimately led to practices that now prohibit nurses from being interrupted when they are in the medication room.”

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was chosen to receive the team award for Team Kalynn, a patient-centered effort to optimize the safety and quality of care provided to a young woman who spent 11 months in the MICU awaiting a lung transplant.

Care planning and coordination of staff necessary to assure this patient’s physical safety while caring for her emotional and social needs was challenging, particularly over such a period of time. A core group of staff—Team Kalynn—were responsible for her direct care while also communicating and receiving support from the full MICU team.

“This effort assured both safe handoffs at shift changes and continuity of care, which resulted in the patient’s comfort and kept her safe from complications,” said Karen A. Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, chief nurse executive, UCLA Health. “Although Kalynn sadly did not survive her disease, she lives on in the changes that the staff has made in care planning and the provision of that care.”

This is the third year that NPSF and The DAISY Foundation have partnered to confer these international awards. “Choosing the honorees is always so difficult because there are so many inspiring stories of skilled and compassionate nurses making a difference every day,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, co-founder and president of The DAISY Foundation. “The DAISY Foundation is delighted to partner with NPSF to honor their efforts.”

The National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was made possible by a generous three-year grant from Hill-Rom, a global provider of clinical technology and patient safety solutions.

For updates about the award and the NPSF Patient Safety Congress, visit


About the National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Follow @theNPSF on twitter.

About The DAISY FoundationTM

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® celebrates nurses in over 2,600 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and The DAISY Foundation’s work visit


Jessica Alvey says...
Posted Thursday, April 20, 2017
You could have not picked a better nurse. Congrats Peggy Love your Complete HHC family.

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