Little Company of Mary Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Nurses in Celebration of National Nurses Week

On Thursday, May 7th, Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) recognized outstanding and dedicated nurses at the 2015 National Nurses Week Awards and Recognition Tea. This was part of a national celebration to honor the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States that comprise our nation’s largest healthcare profession.

Four LCMH nurses were specifically recognized for consistently going above and beyond in their compassionate care and duties over the course of the past year. These recognitions include: Nurse Educator of the Year, Nurse Leader of the Year, Care Partner of the Year, and Nurse of the year.

Nurse Educator of the Year award was presented to Mary Kay Nowicki, R.N. Mary Kay is someone who acknowledges the intelligence and worth of each individual and presents herself portraying the positive image of what nursing is truly about. She also runs the Transition to Practice Cohort program at LCMH, which consists of a 12-week orientation for new graduate nurses that works to build confidence in each individual.


Nurse Leader of the Year award was presented to Mary Grimm, R.N., Maternal/Child Nurse Manager. Mary consistently demonstrates excellence in leadership skills and has a high level of community involvement, including local events.


Care Partner of the Year award was presented to Rose Krueger, who truly exemplifies the core values of LCMH: Professionalism, Quality, Compassion, and Responsibility.


Nurse of the Year award was presented to Joanne Pizzo, R.N. Joanne began at LCMH in 1989 as a registry nurse. Today, Joanne continues to go above and beyond for all of her patients. She works specifically with patients in the hospital’s Memory Program and has recently assisted with development of the new Wound Care and Vascular Center at LCMH.


“We celebrate our nurses for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in the profession.” said Lisa DiMarco, M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services at LCMH. “It truly is a celebration of the dedication and continuous improvement in the safety and quality of care for our patients.”

Throughout National Nurses Week, LCMH also held a Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday, May 4th, and a Nursing Breakfast, which took place on Wednesday, May 6th, in additional to other celebrations held to honor our nurses.

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For 85 years, Little Company of Mary has a long tradition of serving the needs of women and their families. Recently, Little Company of Mary transformed its campus through the addition of the West Pavilion patient tower, which includes the new comprehensive Women’s Center for Life and Health. Our Women’s Center 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. Little Company of Mary continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. If you need assistance finding a Little Company of Mary physician that’s right for you, check out the Physician Match service – it’s a free healthcare referral service that provides detailed biographical information on hundreds of physicians within a variety of medical specialties. Call 708.423.3070 or 1.866.540. LCMH or visit

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