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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Quarterly DAISY Award Recipient Keri Saxton, RN

Monday, Jan 06, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 6, 2019 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system, presented its quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Care to New Haven resident Keri Saxton, RN.

In a written nomination, colleague Jody O’Brien described Saxton as skillful, compassionate, and a “true leader” on the hospital’s Milne unit for medically complex patients.

“Keri is usually found in one of her patient’s rooms providing care, support, or teaching to both the patient and their family,” wrote O’Brien.

“She is a strong patient advocate and collaborates with the entire care team to provide the highest level of care. Keri is also wonderful at recognizing areas for improvement. She leads by example and her resourcefulness and assistance with problem-solving help achieve this goal.”
  Saxton was also commended by a colleague whose family member was recently hospitalized at Gaylord, citing both her “beautiful, attentive care” and emotional support when the patient was not doing well.   A nurse of 15 years, Saxton said that being recognized with the DAISY award is a reminder of the “true value” of the time she spends with her patients.

“I’ve been on the other side as a caregiver when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and passed away. The entire experience has made me a better nurse.”   “Gaylord is an amazing place,” she commented. “Together with my coworkers, we are a fierce group of advocates for our patients and their families.”
About the DAISY Award:
The international award was created by the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died of an auto-immune disease in 1999. Appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion exhibited by each of the nurses who cared for Patrick, the Barnes family created the international award and foundation to say ‘thank you’ to nurses throughout the world.
About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness and injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is widely recognized for its leadership in treating spinal cord and brain injuries and is also known for treating pulmonary, cardiac, amputee and stroke patients as well as sports-related injuries. It is the only rehabilitation system in CT accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and human compassion. For more information visit

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