19th LCM Nurse to Receive the Daisy Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Penny Winnick, RN, from ICU. Penny is the 19th recipient of the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary Hospital!

What Is The DAISY Award? – The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday. Little Company of Mary Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one of our nurses with this special honor every month. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and especially their extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.

Penny received six separate nominations from her peers. Below is why Penny is very deserving of the Daisy Award.

1-Penny has always exhibited the core values of LCMH.  You always see her smile and contagious spirit always encouraging her co-workers, always ready to help.  Patient and families love to have her as their nurse always going above and beyond caring about and exceeding patient outcomes.

2-Physicians rely on her experience and assistance.  Above and beyond the excellent care, she creates a spirit in the ICU of reaching into the community.  Extending the caring outside of LCMH with assistance in schools (supplies) for needy, homeless vets and food drives.

3-Penny consistently goes above and beyond to her patients, co-workers and the community, as well.  She provides excellent care to patients and families.  Her communication skills and patient education are second to none.  She works for the community along with the doctor’s and co-workers collecting for veterans and catholic charities.  She inspires all of us to give of ourselves and work as a team.

4-Penny truly is the heart of the department and LCMH.  Not only does she have a wonderful rapport with her co-workers, but she does with her patients and families.  They have come back to see her post discharge to thank her for her excellent care. She also does a lot of charity work in the hospital’s name.  The donations for the homeless veterans and food bank collections, as well as the secret Santa in the past for the kids.

5-This is just one story involving Penny’s compassion.  Recently, the ICU had a patient who was a member of our religious community.  She was dealing with end of life decisions.  She offered to pray with her and organized a short prayer service with other staff members.  It was truly a touching and memorable moment and one that sister told her MD was the best part of her day.  She has organized Christmas toy drives for the under privileged, annual food drives for the needy, and continually collects items for homeless veterans.  Her compassion and energetic spirit encourages all to participate!

6-Penny possesses not only compassion, but all of the LCMH’s core values. She has mentored newly hired RNs, new grads, interns and students.  She is truly a positive role model and resource person.  She is an active member on committees such as Ethics, Goals of Care to Prevent re-admissions and a former Nursing Forum member.  She actively engages in all performance improvement initiatives.  I am sure anyone who knows her agrees with this nomination and has similar stories.  She has touched many lives and is an extraordinary nurse who exhibits all of the core values.  She truly deserves the DAISY award!

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do everyday.

Penny was recognized by her department and received: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. These serpentine stone sculptures are hand-carved for us by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculptures are especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona people pay their traditional healers. Shona healers are affectionately regarded as treasures by those they care for, and the well-being and safety of the healer is of community-wide importance. This describes exactly how we and our Hospital Partners feel about nurses! Additionally, everyone on ICU celebrated with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

How Can YOU Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse?

Patients or visitors may nominate a deserving nurse by:

1) Filling out the online form and hit submit.


2) Print and fill out the attached nomination form. You can mail the form to 2800 West 95th Street. Evergreen Park, IL 60805, ATTN: Lisa DiMarco or drop off the form at the main or 94th Street entrance of the hospital.

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