Kathy Long

Perry Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Registered Nurse, Kathy Long, is the winner of the March 2018 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurse.  

Kathy came into the award ceremony on March 14, 2018, believing she was there to honor a friend of hers rather than be honored herself. After the announcement and a surprise entrance from her family, Kathy was presented with her award by Debbie May-Rickard, Vice President of Clinical Services at Perry Memorial Hospital. The ceremony also included surprise video messages from her daughter Jessica and son, Matthew, who both live out of state.

Kathy began to tear up as her nomination letter was read aloud by the person who nominated her, fellow Perry Registered Nurse, Kathy Blanford.

“Kathy has quite a long tenure in our Emergency Department and is respected amongst her peers, the doctors and patients.” Blanford read aloud. “I have come to love Emergency Medicine because of amazing nurses such as Kathy Long. She is a true rock star in the field of nursing, a champion for all that is good in Emergency Medicine.”

Kathy began her career as a Registered Nurse on the medical floor at Perry Memorial Hospital in 1986 after graduating St. Francis College of Nursing in Peoria that same year. Today, Kathy is a dedicated Registered nurse in Perry’s Emergency Department. 

The non-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues alike. The DAISY award is presented in deep appreciation and admiration of compassionate care. Each quarter, a committee of nurses at Perry chooses the winner from the pool of nominations. A surprise announcement is held in honor of the winner in front of colleagues, physicians, patients and guests.  

To nominate a Perry Memorial Hospital nurse, visit www.perrymemorial.org for more information.