LCM Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Cherice Wills, RN, 4 West. Cherice is the 26th 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 family nominated Cherice and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the Daisy Award:

“I am nominating a very new young nurse for the DAISY award. Cherice worked on July 3rd. Although fresh out of school, she was chosen to be with my father when he passed away.

That evening before, Cherice came on shift with a wonderful sense of calm and cheerful smile, my father seemed to be doing well when I left. Cherice carefully showed me the labs, explained them and told me they would monitor his heart. I felt calm, as did my father that he was in good hands. During the night my father’s heart gave out and we were told he passed peacefully with Cherice by his side. I felt quite guilty at first for having him alone, but there was no indication that my father was dying.The thing that kept me going is that he saw this sweet face as he died; a new friend, the last friend. When our family arrived Cherice was not around. A more mature nurse said she was ‘having a hard time’. She was so sad. Our family hugged Cherice and we hope that was enough because she had given us so much.”

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.

Cherice 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 West 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.

Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE., Vice President, Patient Care Services at LCMH, with Cherise Wills, RN, 4 West, recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Excellence

Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE., Vice President, Patient Care Services at LCMH, with Cherice Wills, RN, 4 West, recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Excellence

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