Extraordinary nurse at DaVita honored with DAISY Award

Melody Perone, nephrology nurse and clinical coordinator at DaVita Dialysis Hoag Acute Rehabilitation Center was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses during National Nurses Week. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

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Melody Perone, honoree of The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses

DaVita leaders, fellow care team members and patients celebrated Perone for her continuous efforts to go above and beyond to care for her dialysis patients and support DaVita teammates. Unlike other nurses who left the field or retired after the COVID-19 pandemic, Perone did the exact opposite. She returned to nursing full time. Since Perone took on the clinical coordinator position, her program has soared. The nursing team leans on Perone to provide expertise and guidance in caring for patients with complex medical needs. According to the DaVita leaders who nominated Perone for the DAISY Award, she never stops learning and asking. She is endlessly seeking for better ways to enhance patient care and make her team more efficient.

For their commitment to respecting, encouraging and empathizing with each patient’s kidney care journey, DaVita’s DAISY award honorees received a personalized “Extraordinary Nurse” certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch.”

“Nurses are such a significant part of the health care workforce, and they are at the heart of the care we provide at DaVita,” said Tina Livaudais, chief nursing officer for DaVita. “I’m inspired by the stories of compassion, empathy and selflessness that each of our DAISY recipients embodies. This award reflects the clinical excellence they deliver to our patients every day.”

DaVita’s commitment to clinical excellence is reflected in the care it offers patients during each step of their kidney care journey. The DaVita nurses who received a DAISY Award this year represent each of the dialysis treatment settings that DaVita offers:

–Forty in-center hemodialysis nurses home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurses

–Six home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis nurses

–Eight acute dialysis nurses who deliver care in a hospital setting

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who 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 he 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.

To learn more about how DaVita supports nurses throughout their careers, visit https://careers.davita.com.


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