25th LCM Nurse to Receive the Daisy Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Vicki Yaros, RN, 4 Southwest. Vicki is the 25th 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.

A patient nominated Vicki and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the Daisy Award:

“I’m writing today to not only nominate Vicki in 4 Southwest for the DAISY Award but to compliment all the staff in 4 Southwest that made my stay in Little Company of Mary Hospital less overwhelming at a stressful time. While the first few days were a little intense, it seemed getting through the nights would prove more difficult for me. Vicki has a calming manner about her. As I would start to get frustrated with the tubes, lines, lack of mobility and sleep, she would reassure me that my treatment, was in fact on course and maybe a little ahead of that. The attention to detail she displays doesn’t get in the way of her interacting with you in a caring manner. I felt at ease that I was in the best of care. This should in no way diminish the cumulative effort of the 4SW team. Everyone, Nurses and Nursing Assistants did their best to see that everything I needed was handled in the best possible manner no matter what time of day. I’m glad I came back to the Hospital I was born in. That building might be gone but, the level of care isn’t. Thanks to everyone.”

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 eight-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 every day.

Vicki 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 4 Southwest 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) Fill 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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