Compassionate Nurse at Little Company of Mary Hospital Awarded with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

Congratulations to Michelle Minnick, a nurse who works in Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center. Michelle is the 22nd recipient of the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary Hospital. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Little Company of Mary Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner.

“It is rare that you come across a true individual who possesses the compassion, sincerity and devotion for others who have been impacted by cancer,” said Dorotha Harris, a patient of Michelle Minnick’s. “Over the past year, I have witnessed a caring individual who takes pride in the nurses’ profession while helping me believe that there is hope still in the mist of my trials and tribulations. Michelle is committed to the cause and has helped me in ways I never thought possible. It is through this nurse’s caring approach that I have found strength. Michelle is a motivating and inspiring person who gives all while ensuring me that I am not alone. Michelle’s nurturing and understanding of the disease helps me feel very comfortable through my journey. I truly hope that you are aware of the quality of a person and professional that you have on your staff at the hospital.”

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.

“Every treatment and conversation with Michelle just makes my experience much less painful,” said Harris. “I enjoy her spirit and kindness and I wish every hospital could have a nurse like Michelle on their team.”

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 in The Cancer Center at LCMH 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 at and submitting


2)      Printing and filling out the online nomination form and then mailing 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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