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Kayla Carlson Honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Community news | Monday, August 29, 2022

Contact: Katie Johnson

(Fergus Falls, MN) – Kayla Carlson, RN in the Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) Emergency Department, was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses at Lake Region Healthcare.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Her nomination came from grateful patient, Haley Stich. Her nomination read in part: ""I entered the ER scared of the unknown...Kayla was compassionate and talked me through multiple panic attacks while my body was in shock and in a high amount of pain. She talked me through breathing techniques, helped cool me down when I broke into a sweat and thought I was going to pass out. She fitted me for crutches. I am better today because of the care she provided me in a time of panic. I will forever be grateful for how she treated me...She made a difference in my life with the care compassion and understanding she gave me."

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.

To nominate a nurse who has made a difference in your life for the DAISY Award locally, visit

About the Lake Region Healthcare Enterprise

The Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) enterprise is an independent, community owned and governed, non-profit healthcare organization headquartered in Fergus Falls. With facilities in nine communities, the midsized rural health system primarily serves five counties in west central Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Comprised of Lake Region Healthcare, Mill Street Residence Assisted Living Facility, and Prairie Ridge Healthcare, the enterprise operates two hospitals, 10 clinics, a cancer center, a senior living community, and various other health and wellness related ventures. With over 1,100 employees and 120 Physicians and Advance Practice Providers, we are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities close to home and delivering specialty and sub-specialty services at our locations in Fergus Falls, Elbow Lake, Ashby, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Evansville, Herman, Hoffman, and Morris, MN. For more information visit:,, or

Our Mission: We partner to enrich life through health.

Our Vision: We will create an exceptional, innovative, and personal healthcare experience that allows people to excel and our communities to thrive.

Our Values: Excellence, Person-Centered, Collaboration, Stewardship, Integrity, Respect, Innovation.

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