Little Co. of Mary Nurse Receives the Daisy Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Dianne Ferguson, RN from 3 Northwest, the second 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.

Dianne personifies Little Company of Mary’s remarkable patient experience, and she received some truly heartfelt nominations. There are so many stories about her compassion for patients, but the most recent is about Dianne truly giving  from the heart and taking the extra time needed for all of her patients.  Dianne has been an Oncology Nurse for over 30 years at LCMH.  She teaches young nurses how to give comfort end of life care, how to touch the person in pain or emotional need.  She calls many of her patients after they leave the hospital to check on them and offer assistance.  She does not like attention, but quietly tends to everyone’s needs.  She is a great team player, leader and giver.  Dianne is compassionate and humble.  She exemplifies nursing and touches everyone’s life.  She is very deserving of this special recognition.

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 8 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 everyday.

Dianne was recognized by her ICU 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 3 Northwest 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.

If you’d like to nominate an extraordinary nurse for the next DAISY Award, you can fill out the nomination form on our website. You can then drop the completed form inside the DAISY ballot box located in the hospital’s main and 94th Street entrances.


  • Dianne is one of the most genuine compassionate nurses I have ever known and is truly so deserving of this distinguished recognition.
    Congratulations Dianne

  • I could not be more proud of my mom; truly the most genuine, giving, compassionate and hard working woman I know. I have never known anyone who is more selfless and deserving of this recognition after 39 years of dedication to her patients. I love you so much, Mom, and could not be more honored to have been brought up by such an amazing and inspirational role-model.

  • Dianne Ferguson has always been an inspiration to everyone around her. She defines the word “caring” and is sincerely a beautiful, quiet spirit. I am proud to call her my life long friend.

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