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Memorial Belleville nurse honored with award

Brian Ripperda, RN, has been honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Ripperda is a nurse in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) at Memorial Belleville. Brian has worked at Memorial since 2001 beginning his career in housekeeping as a paper shredder while attending school. Once he started nursing school, he became a tech in the Emergency Department. He worked on 2 South and in the intensive care unit before moving to PACU. In addition, Ripperda’s father was a long-time nurse in Memorial’s operating room.

Nominated by a patient, Brian was described as above and beyond outstanding and the epitome of the term nurse. “He had the best bedside manner and sense of humor and was able to put a smile on my miserable face.” The patient described Brian as calm and tuned into her needs.

“I just started my nursing career and I can only hope to be as good of a nurse for my patients as he was for me that day,” the patient added. “I was a little medicated and am extremely regretful that I can only remember that his name is Brian and that he didn’t know how to put in a ponytail. My hair was in my face and I asked him if he could put a ponytail in for me. He didn’t know how but promised me he would go home and practice on his wife.”

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation said, “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 Memorial are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to
the nursing profession internationally in more than 4,600 health-care facilities and schools of nursing with
recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes
Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants their new
Health Equity Grant program. More information is available at

If you would like to nominate a Memorial nurse for a Daisy Award,  go to and complete a nomination form. The Daisy Award program at Memorial is sponsored by Memorial Foundation.

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