Berkshire Medical Center Nurse Earns DAISY Award Recognition

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) nurse Michaela LaPlante has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care. LaPlante, who serves on 4 East, received a glowing nomination for her care of a patient in her final days.

“You could tell from the moment that Michaela walked in the room that she has a passion for nursing and the care that was to be provided. She was knowledgeable, swift, and precise in her care,” a relative of the patient said. “She treated my husband’s aunt like she was the only patient on the floor. She was constantly checking in with us to make sure that we were as OK as we could be. It felt like she was caring for one of her family members in the way that she cared for her and for our family.”

The nomination went on to read, “Michaela is likely one of the sweetest, most compassionate and caring nurses I have had the pleasure of knowing. She seemed to read the room well and knew exactly what to say to us in that moment. Along with the absolutely amazing care that she provided for our loved one, she offered us a few moments of reprieve when she was in the room.”

The patient died in early July, and the nomination noted, “we are confident that she passed peacefully due to the diligence and time that the nurse spent with her and on her care. Our family would like to thank her for everything that she did last evening to make this process just a little bit easier.”

The DAISY Award is bestowed following a nomination process and review by an interdisciplinary oversight committee. BMC staff, patients, and the general community can submit nominations. The nomination form can be found on each floor, in patient welcome packets, and will soon be available on the BHS employee portal.

The DAISY Foundation was started in memory of Patrick Barnes, who passed away in 1999 from complications of the autoimmune disease ITP. His family wanted to turn their grief into something positive and create something that would capture his spirit. The DAISY acronym stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. As they brainstormed on what the foundation would do, they kept coming back to conversations about how wonderful his nurses were. Their mission became to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the skillful, compassionate care they provide to patients and families. The program is now in more than 4,500 healthcare facilities across the U.S. and around the world.