20th LCM Nurse to Receive the Daisy Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Michelle Padilla, RN, from 4SW. Michelle is the 20th 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.

Michelle received FOUR separate nominations from her peers. Below are the reasons why Michelle is so very deserving of the DAISY Award.

1. She was a great big help to my dad’s recovery. So nice, kind and patient. Thank you for being so nice to my dad.

2. She was very helpful, patient and kind to my husband. Very knowledgeable about the health concerns that I had with the pain medication, the surgery procedure, the breathing treatment, explaining the drainage tube. Just so very helpful. Answered all questions, so helpful walking with him up and down the hall, just a great big help.

3. One word that describes her and that is “awesome.” She was so very patient with my brother. She answered all of our questions with such clarity and empathy. I spent the night with my brother and she was just as accommodating by providing me a bed. She made it so very comfortable for me. Even when the shift changed to the new nurse, she still answered all of my questions and tended to our needs. I wish I could take her home with me. Thank you.

4. She always enters with a smile. No question is a bad question. She welcomes questions from family. She’s been very attentive for my brother who can be a tough customer. She went above and beyond to satisfy him. It was a pleasure watching her work with my loved one. Thank you!

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.

Michelle 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 4SW 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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