St. Peter’s Plona and Antila Recognized for Exceptional Care

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St. Peter’s Plona and Antila Recognized for Exceptional Care

Date: 09/26/17
Rich Plona, RN-C and Preston Antila, Patient Care Services (PCS) RN were recognized as DAISY award winners for Extraordinary Nurses of 2017. DAISY winners are selected quarterly from nominations submitted by St. Peter’s Hospital patients and their family members. 

Plona is a nurse in the St. Peter’s Hospital Dialysis Unit and has been with St. Peter’s Hospital for nearly thirty years. He was nominated by a patient who wrote, “Since the minute I got here he made me feel so comfortable. His great sense of humor has made my entire experience as good as it possibly could. You can tell he truly cares about you and I look forward to seeing him. I am grateful I got the experience of having him as a nurse and anyone else is lucky to have him too."

Preston Antila is a PCS nurse. The husband of a patient wrote in his nomination letter, “Preston was right on point. He was able to talk to her, calm her down and laugh with her…He was so compassionate, helpful and very kind. He had no problem understanding what my wife was saying or having a conversation with her. Both of us were just so impressed with the care, compassion, and how kind Preston was.”

The DAISY Award ( was established to honor the super-human work nurses do in direct care of patients and families every day. It is presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives, with St. Peter’s Hospital administration and staff selecting the winner from those nominated.  Recipients receive a certificate and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.  
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