DAISY Award for Excellence Presented to Deserving LCMH Nurse

Congratulations to Mary Pajarillago, RN, Family Birth Center, who received the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) on July 20, 2017.

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 every day. 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’s family member nominated Mary and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the DAISY Award:

DSC01271“Normally people dread hospital stays. The only thing most people recall is spotty service or poor service. My wife’s second shift nurse, Mary Pajarillago, after my wife’s C-section, has now and forever changed my mind. Not only was she polite and patient, she was above and beyond reproach; setting a very high bar for any other nurse that ever waits on us again. Mary was spot on to my wife’s needs; always on time with my wife’s care and needs. When she came with my wife’s pills, she just did not fling them at her and leave. Mary would come in early, gauge my wife’s response to pain, and later return to provide the long lasting effect for relief. Mary’s care did not just stop there. She took extra time to explain different techniques for me to offer better care for my son’s circumcision. What really took the cake for me was that she understood I needed to help my wife and son so she made sure I did not neglect myself. Also, when she got busy she never offered the excuse of “I am sorry we’re busy”. Mary still found time to take extra care of each patient; always returning with everything promised. I wish we got to say good bye to her. Please consider her for your 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 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.

Mary 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 Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Family Birth Center 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 of how special they are.

How Can YOU Nominate An Extraordinary Nurse?
Patients, families and 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 you can drop off the form at the Main or 94th Street entrance of the hospital.

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