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Release Date: 02/22/2016

Kent Hospital recently presented Kristen Frias, RN, of the Psychiatric Care Unit, (PCU), as the January 2016, DAISY Award recipient. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the above-and-beyond efforts performed by nurses every day.

Kristen was nominated by a patient who wrote, “Kristen goes the extra mile for her patients and their families, she stands above the rest. Kristen’s professionalism is an understatement- she strives for perfection and it shows. I am very happy to have had a nurse like Kristen.”

“It is a pleasure to recognize Kristen for all of her hard work and dedication to her patients and Kent Hospital,” said Rebecca Burke, RN, MS, NEA-BC, sr. vice president patient care services, chief nursing officer at Kent Hospital. “In Kristen’s nomination you can feel the appreciation of the patient as they explain how they were comforted to have Kristen as their nurse. We strive for the best patient care here at Kent Hospital and Kristen demonstrated that. Thank you Kristen.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

If you would like to nominate an extraordinary nurse that you encountered at Kent Hospital, you can submit an online application or in person. Fellow providers and patients may also nominate a nurse for the award.

About Kent Hospital

Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.

A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.

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