LCMH ER Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Keelin Wilson, RN, ER, who received the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary Hospital this month.

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 Keelin and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the Daisy Award:

img_1954“I would like to recommend Keelin Wilson as an outstanding Nurse for the Daisy Award. I understand that this award is based on input from patients about nursing staff that provide the best in patient care.

I was admitted as a patient to your Emergency Department the night of August 16th. I am a resident at the Villa of Evergreen Park and I developed severe abdominal pain and serious GI distress.  I was admitted by ambulance to the ER. The nurse assigned to me was Keelin Wilson. I was in the ER during the night and cared for by this wonderful nurse.   I had many tests performed to determine what the problem was. It turned out that I had a severe case of Pancreatitis. I can’t say enough for Keelin. She attended to all my concerns. The most important was to reassure me and to manage my pain. She took special care to provide comfort measures such as a warm blanket and a cool cloth for my head. Her tone of voice was comforting and she maintained a positive attitude that I would feel better and would be well cared for. My sister and I were so impressed with her bedside skills and her ability to establish trust and empathy with us. She made frequent checks on me and continued to ask how she could make me more comfortable and provided information along with the physician as to how I was progressing and patient education.

I know it was a busy night in the ER because I saw so many patients and families outside my cubicle, but Keelin made me feel like I was the only patient she had to care for. Her professionalism was outstanding and she did not share anything about the busyness of the ER that night. If every patient and family that comes to the ER could experience the care and compassion of Keelin’s nursing care then Little Company of Mary Hospital is experiencing their goal of excellence in patient acute care management in your Emergency Room. I was transferred to a medical unit and she helped make that transition smooth.

I would recommend Little Company of Mary Hospital to anyone and let them know that you have the best nurses caring for patients throughout their hospitalization.”

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.

img_1952Keelin 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 ER 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.

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