On Thursday, May 3rd, Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) recognized outstanding and dedicated nurses at Little Company of Mary’s 2018 Nurses Week Awards and Recognition Luncheon. This was part of a national celebration week to honor the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States that comprise our nation’s largest healthcare profession. This year’s theme was “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.”
Four LCMH nurses and one care partner were specifically recognized for consistently going above and beyond in their compassionate care and duties. These recognitions include: Care Partner of the Year, Preceptor of the Year, Nurse Educator of the Year, Nurse Leader of the Year, and Nurse of the Year.
“We celebrate these individuals for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in the profession.” said Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, CNO / Vice President of Patient Care Services at LCMH. “It is a celebration of the dedication and continuous improvement in safe and quality health care for our patients.”
Care Partner of the Year award was presented to Crystal Terrell, Surgical Assistant. Crystal’s nominator wrote the following: “Crystal lives our LCMH core values in her daily work. She handles all patients, co-workers and supervisors with charism and respect. Crystal consistently demonstrates a professional demeanor in her work. She keeps the families updated on their loved ones and will hold a patient’s hand and reassure them along the way. She regularly goes above and beyond all expectations of her work. Crystal is compassionate, reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on to be there when someone is in need of a helping hand. The quality of her work is superb.”
Preceptor of the Year Award was presented to Laurie Elizondo, RN, ICU. Laurie’s nominator described her contribution as the following: “Every new nurse to LCMH who has had Laurie as a preceptor consistently expresses the level of professionalism demonstrated by her. Laurie guides and mentors the new hire nurses by providing handouts and structure to their orientation. She routinely provides updates to the nurse leaders of the unit on the status of the new employees. Laurie always seems to take every new nurse under her wing and continues to be their resource even after orientation is complete. Laurie makes it her goal to ensure our new nurses have the tools and resources they need to succeed.”
Nurse Educator of the Year was presented to Caryn Jachimiec, RN, Education. Caryn’s nominator described her contribution as the following: “Caryn is one of the most professional people I have ever worked with. She speaks in a calm tone and is consistently respectful to all disciplines of the healthcare team. She always wears a smile on her face that puts you at ease, even under stressful situations. Caryn is extremely intelligent and sees the whole picture. She uses evidence-based practice when developing the education for our nursing personnel and juggles multiple tasks and projects well giving 100% effort in all she does. Caryn is so supportive to our nursing staff – she is their cheerleader and goes above and beyond consistently, always giving credit to the staff on our units. Caryn demonstrates great respect for our nursing personnel and truly understands the work of our profession, always thinking of our employees and trying to do whatever she can to make their work lives easier.”
Nurse Leader of the Year was presented to Katrina Kelly, RN, 4 West and 4 South Orthopedics. Katrina’s nominator wrote the following: “Katrina demonstrates professionalism and leadership as evidenced by her relationships with her staff. She is openly available to her staff, listens actively to the issues, asks questions to better understand the situation and follows up to make sure the issues have been resolved. She has demonstrated responsibility in inspiring, motivating and committing to her units to becoming the best they can be. Katrina has developed an esprit de corps amongst her teams where they are excited to strive for the best in all they do. Katrina believes in doing the right thing even when it may not be the popular decision and when it may be a difficult message to communicate. The quality of her leadership shows in the outcomes her teams achieve for their patients and families. Katrina’s units continue to be recognized for improved outcomes because of her attention to details, laser focus, and empowerment of her teams.”
Nurse of the Year was presented Tony Golczak, RN, 4 South Telemetry. Tony’s nominator describes him as: “Tony is the perfect example of the professional nurse! His demeanor is calm and easy going, positive and steadfast even in the midst of chaos and stress. Tony is honest, caring, compassionate, smart; a fantastic team member and an incredibly hard worker. He is a passionate advocate for their patients and the other nurses’ patients. There is never a time when Tony passes me in the hallway and doesn’t ask if I need anything. He is consistently compassionate towards family, patients and co-workers – always going out of his way to help.
Venerable Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, once said: “We all work, but again, it must be repeated, it is the spirit in which we work for which we will be rewarded.” These five individuals are exemplary of the mission of Venerable Mary Potter and the Little Company of Mary Sisters – to provide compassionate care to the sick and dying.
National Nurses Week coincides each year with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. The American Nurses Association (ANA) set these as permanent dates to position Nurses Week as a nationwide event. Throughout National Nurses Week 2018, LCMH also hosted a Nursing Breakfast and a Mass of Thanksgiving, in addition to other celebrations held to honor our amazing nursing staff.
ABOUT LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL:
Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For nearly 90 years, LCMH has held a long tradition of serving the needs of women and their families. Our Women’s Center for Life and Health provide women’s healthcare needs conveniently under one roof – from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. To learn more, visit www.LCMH.org.