Bayhealth Nurse Receives DAISY Award

Bayhealth Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive Bonnie Perratto, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Patty Deer, RN, BSN, CNOR; and Bayhealth Milford Memorial Director of Patient Care Services Heidi LeGates, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.
Bayhealth Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive Bonnie Perratto,
MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Patty Deer, RN, BSN, CNOR; and Bayhealth Milford Memorial Director of Patient Care Services Heidi LeGates, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.

Staff Report

Bayhealth nurse Patty Deer, RN, BSN, CNOR, of Lincoln received the Bayhealth Milford Memorial 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.

As Bayhealth’s Bariatric Program Coordinator, Patty Deer, RN, BSN, CNOR, is highly respected by her peers and patients. According to the patient who nominated her for the award, Deer “has handled any request or question with a smile and a great sense of humor. Patty has constantly been there for me every step of the way and I can’t thank her enough as she has been my number one supporter from the start of my journey to lose weight.”

Deer was also nominated for the award by a physician at Kent General, who noted on the nomination form that “Patty is an extremely caring nurse who loves her job. I have been told by many patients that she makes sure that the patient gets all issues taken care of. She has transformed the Bariatric Surgery Program. She has developed Bariatric handouts for patients’ information that she has put together from journals and the internet. She is very dedicated in her job, to her duties as a Program Coordinator.”

Deer had previously worked in the IMC and OR for two years and left Bayhealth briefly before returning a year and a half ago as the Bariatric Program Coordinator.

“I love my job because I enjoy helping people reach their goals, making them feel better about themselves and have better health,” she said. “It is wonderful to see the resolution of our patients’ co-morbid conditions and overall improvement in their quality of life.”

A certified operating room nurse (CNOR), She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salisbury University and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

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