Little Company of Mary Hospital Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Margie Egan, RN, EFM-C, Labor and Delivery, 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 co-worker nominated Margie and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the DAISY Award:

I would like to express the exemplary nursing care that was done by one of my co-workers on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  We had a situation on our Unit (Labor and Delivery) with a 26-week pregnant patient that came in from the office that was possibly ruptured, however she was dilated to 4cm.  Plans were made to transfer the patient to a nearby tertiary center for a higher level of care.  Upon re-examination prior to transfer, it was discovered that the patient was not unstable for transfer due to cervical advancement.  A bedside ultrasound was performed by her physician, which showed the infant was in transverse lie.  A decision was made to perform a cesarean section.  Margie Egan was the nurse for this patient when she initially arrived to the unit.  Margie was due to go home at 1900.  After giving report to the SCU in anticipation of the delivery, Margie knew the severity of the situation and was aware that there were two “newer” nurses working in SCU and did not want them to feel alone.  Without hesitation, Margie stated she was going to stay past her shift and make sure everything was ok with the baby.  Margie went back to the OR to assist the Neonatal team in providing care for this extremely premature infant.  Margie has extensive past experience in SCU.  Margie stepped into the neonatal role, performed her duties and did not once panic at the thought of a 26-week delivery.  Margie was crucial in the resuscitation/intubation of the infant.  Because of Margie’s knowledge of the situation and ability to perform the necessary duties, this infant was stable enough for transfer to University of Chicago for a higher level of care.  We are all so grateful for Margie’s help and expertise.  Margie always goes above and beyond without hesitation to help out in any situation.  She is one of the most humble people I know and we could not be luckier to have a co-worker and mentor like Margie!  I feel Margie is so deserving of this award because she comes to work and does her job never expecting any type of 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 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.

Margie 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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