Little Company of Mary Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Nurses in Celebration of National Nurses Week

On Thursday, May 5th, Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) recognized outstanding and dedicated nurses at Little Company of Mary’s 2016 Nurses Week Awards and Recognition Tea. This was part of a national celebration week to honor the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States that comprise our nation’s largest healthcare profession. This year’s theme was “Culture of Safety: It Starts with You.”

Left to Right: Mary Pat Jennings, RN, Affiliated Services, LCMH Nurse of the Year; Irene Copak, RN, ICU, LCMH Nurse Educator of the Year; Cathy Sawyers, RN, Nurse Manager for PAT/ODS/PACU, LCMH Nurse Leader of the Year; and Sheila Adams, Labor and Delivery, LCMH Care Partner of the Year

Left to Right: Mary Pat Jennings, RN, Affiliated Services, LCMH Nurse of the Year; Irene Copak, RN, ICU, LCMH Nurse Educator of the Year; Cathy Sawyers, RN, Nurse Manager for PAT/ODS/PACU, LCMH Nurse Leader of the Year; and Sheila Adams, Labor and Delivery, LCMH Care Partner of the Year

Three LCMH nurses and one nursing assistant were specifically recognized for consistently going above and beyond in their compassionate care and duties. These recognitions include: Nurse Educator of the Year, Nurse Leader of the Year, Care Partner of the Year, and Nurse of the year.

“We celebrate these individuals for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in the profession.” said Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE, CNO/Vice President of Patient Care Services at LCMH. “It is a celebration of the dedication and continuous improvement in the safety and quality of care for our patients.”

Nurse Educator of the Year was presented to Irene Copak, MSN, APN, CCNS, CCRN, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at LCMH. Irene joined Little Company of Mary’s ICU in August of 2015 as the ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist. She brings evidence-based practice to all ICU teams, including Performance Improvement teams such as SEPSIS and CLABSI, as well as updating policies and procedures. In her short time at LCMH, she has created orientation guidelines for both new graduates and experienced nurses and meets with all of them to facilitate their growth. Furthermore, Irene was instrumental in chartering the first unit-based Practice Council.

Nurse Leader of the Year was presented to Cathy Sawyers, MS, MHA, RN, Nurse Manager for Pre-Admission Testing, One Day Surgery and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PAT, ODS, PACU) at LCMH. Cathy has made a significant impact since joining LCMH in 2010. In addition to ensuring schedules are in order and that her departments run smoothly on a day-to-day basis, Cathy reads empowering poems to encourage her staff during challenging times. She listens to all staff concerns and follows through with feedback and resolutions. “Cathy is a beautiful person inside and out,” said members of Cathy’s staff. “She is always concerned with the staff and their emotional well-being.”

Care Partner of the Year award was presented to Sheila Adams from the Labor and Delivery Unit in the Family Birth Center at LCMH. Sheila has been with LCMH since 1994 and represents the hospital in a professional manner both inside and outside of work. She is a well-respected team player who always steps up to the task without being asked. She actively participated in educating new staff and provides sincere comfort to patients. Additionally, Sheila volunteers at many LCMH community events and is a member of the hospital choir. Sheila is an outstanding care partner and truly embodies the hospital’s core values of professionalism, compassion, quality, and responsibility.

Nurse of the Year was presented to Mary Pat Jennings, RN, LCMH Affiliated Services. Mary Pat joined LCMH in 2013 and is an example of an extraordinary nurse. Mary Pat is precise and comes to work ready to engage with both patients and providers. She is always willing to assist patients and sits down with them to provide medication management and explain labs in addition to following up with phone calls. Mary Pat provides dedicated support to medical assistants and physicians in addition to assisting with office transitions. Mary Pat truly is an asset to LCMH.

Venerable Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, once said: “Where there is need, there is our mission.” These four individuals are exemplary of the mission of the Venerable Mary Potter and the Little Company of Mary Sisters to provide compassionate care to the sick and dying.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. The American Nurses Association (ANA) set these as permanent dates to position Nurses Week as a nationwide event. Throughout National Nurses Week 2016, LCMH also hosted a Nursing Breakfast, which took place on Monday, May 2nd, and a Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, May 3rd, in additional to other celebrations held to honor our nurses.

ABOUT LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL:
Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For 86 years, LCMH has held a long tradition of serving the needs of women and their families. Our Women’s Center for Life and Health provide women’s healthcare needs conveniently under one roof – from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. To learn more, visit www.LCMH.org.

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