Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Edgerton Hospital

Lisa Kopnick, RN, of Edgerton Hospital and Health Services was recently honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The nomination submitted read, “Lisa is a registered nurse in Edgerton Hospital’s Emergency Department. Since joining our team, she has been instrumental in education, implementation of new products and workflows, and providing excellent care. Lisa is empathetic, confident, and intelligent, continually using her critical thinking skills to provide patient care. On a cold day in December of 2021, the team in Edgerton Hospital’s ER was working a normal day, a new normal since the pandemic. Lisa happened to be working her shift as RN this particular day when a patient presented with critical needs.  As the entire team worked diligently to care for this patient, things turned from bad to worse. It was determined that this patient would need emergency surgery. Time was of the essence. This is when Lisa sprang into action. Due to hospital capacities related to COVID, area hospitals and operating rooms were not accepting new patients on transfer. Lisa took it upon herself to contact a known surgeon in the community who works at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville. Lisa was able to connect and arrange for the surgeon to come to Edgerton Hospital and perform this surgery after organizing emergency credentialing. Lisa’s extraordinary efforts aided in saving this patient’s life. And, this extraordinary nurse should be celebrated!”

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. 

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family    experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Edgerton Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.” 

Edgerton Hospital CEO, Marc Augsburger, MBA, BSN, said Lisa deserves this award for going above and beyond the call of duty. “Nurses provide lifesaving care every day, but in Lisa’s case, she really took patient care to the next level. We’re honored to recognize Lisa with the DAISY Award and even more honored to have her as part of our nursing team,” said Augsburger.