LCMH Cancer Center Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Excellence

DSC00615Congratulations to Faith Mativity, RN, Radiation Oncology, who recently received 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 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 nominated Faith and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the Daisy Award:

DSC00620 “Despite the fact that the Radiation Oncology (RO) Department is located in the bowels of the hospital without any windows to let light in, all those who work in RO bring that light to their patients. Faith was the first person I met when I found myself there last month. From the moment she introduced herself, I felt comfortable. As she patiently explained the procedure and showed me the routine I would be following for the next six and a half weeks, Faith radiated calm and compassion. (Sorry for the puns, but they’re true.) And my concerns about this strange new part of my life dissipated; I could do this! Now I’m a pro at the routine and especially look forward to Monday appointments where I get to spend one-on-one time with her, even though part of that time includes a weigh-in 🙂 Though I know she sees countless patients each month, Faith has the gift of making you feel like you’re the only one, and I am beyond grateful that Faith is a part of my journey.”

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.

Faith 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 Radiation Oncology Unit 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, 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.

One Comment

  • Jennifer Trela says:

    Congratulations Faith you so deserve the recognition…think of you all often. Radiation therapy/oncology at LCM rocks!

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