EvergreenHealth Celebrates DAISY Award Winners

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is proud to recognize three nurses who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate remarkable care with its quarterly DAISY Award, a recognition bestowed upon exceptional nurses who are nominated by EvergreenHealth patients, families and fellow providers.

Recipients of the most recent Daisy Award include:

  • Kayla Peelen, RN, EvergreenHealth Urology Care
  • Rebecca MacMillan, RN, EvergreenHealth Critical Care Unit
  • Susan Horak, RN, EvergreenHealth Family Maternity Center

“Every quarter, we look forward to honoring EvergreenHealth’s exceptional nurses with the DAISY Award. These highly skilled professionals embody our purpose to enrich the health and well-being of our community by providing warm-hearted, collaborative care to every life we touch,” said Nancee Hofmeister, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer at EvergreenHealth. “With the DAISY Award, we applaud those who exceed patients’ and families’ expectations and bolster our health system’s foundation of delivering superior service.”

Kayla Peelen, RN, was nominated by Dr. Lora Plaskon, an EvergreenHealth urogynecologist, for her compassionate care of a patient who lives in an assisted living community and is unable to care for herself independently. Peelen treated the patient with the utmost compassion and grace, tenderly addressing her needs with heartfelt care and even purchasing an extra set of clothing for her. Dr. Plaskon described Peelen as an exceptional nurse and human being, committed to the ongoing care of those who need it most.

Rebecca MacMillan, RN, was nominated by two separate patient families and is known for her family-inclusive, supportive healing style. One family of a patient who suffered a stroke expressed appreciation for the education and consistent updates she provided about their son’s care. For another family, MacMillan went above and beyond to create a soothing environment, even setting up a private area in the waiting room for the patient’s relative, who is a nursing mother, to feed her infant. According to the families, Macmillan became a trusted ally for sharing procedural information, in addition to serving as a source of comfort

Susan Horak, RN, is known for treating patients like family and was nominated by a patient expecting twins for not only tending to the patient’s physical well-being, but also her emotional well-being during her month-long stay in the antepartum unit. According to the patient, she looked forward to the days that Horak was on duty, as she offered comfort and compassion. Even six weeks after the babies were born, Horak was still paying visits to the mother to check in on her and her new family. The patient said it’s apparent that Horak loves what she does, and goes above and beyond because she truly wants to provide the best care to her patients.

The DAISY Foundation is a national non-profit organization that partners with health care systems to provide ongoing recognition of the clinical skill and compassion nurses offer to patients and families every day. EvergreenHealth invites patients and visiting families to submit nominations year-round to recognize the nurses who make their visits to EvergreenHealth memorable. Additionally, providers who witness extraordinary acts are invited to nominate their peers. DAISY Award recipients are honored by colleagues and patients during a ceremony in their care units each quarter.

Providing compassionate care is part of EvergreenHealth’s commitment to its community. The health system is also committed to growing alongside the community it serves, and is keeping pace with the community’s growth by upgrading its facilities and infrastructure to ensure its ability to provide care in the safest environment. To learn more, visit

For more information about the honorees and EvergreenHealth or to submit a nomination, visit


About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.

EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 293 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Learn more at


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