Little Company of Mary Hospital ICU Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Nancy Heaney, RN, ICU, who recently received the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH).

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 Nancy and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the DAISY Award:

DSC01405“When my husband, Robert Rafferty, was an ICU patient at Little Company of Mary Hospital, Nancy became our link to his status, his care, and to our keeping well-informed. I had many 3 AM chats with Nancy, who was never rushed and who was always patient and compassionate as my husband’s complex situation worsened and became ever so confusing. His ultimate demise was softened by Nancy’s gentle and professional manner, as well as her clarification of why things were happening. I only wish that all experiencing a frightening situation with a loved one could have the benefit of a kind, compassionate and professional nurse like Nancy Heaney with them to guide their way on that 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.

Nancy 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!

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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