Little Company of Mary Nurse Receives DAISY Award

Congratulations to Marie Barry, RN, 4 West, who recently received the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary.

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 nominated Marie and listed the below reason why she is so very deserving of the Daisy Award.

“Marie, the way that you go about your calling, caring for people, is simply amazing. I feel special because you made me feel special and when my mother-in-law was here, guess what; you made her feel special as well. I suspect that there is a long list of current and former patients that have experienced the same level of miraculous healing care by you. Despite the hardships and difficulties of this life, your family is very blessed to have you and you them. One of my favorite TV shows of all time was ‘Touched by an Angel.’ Now I have experienced first-hand what I used to only watch on television. I was incredibly moved. Thank you for touching my life. Thank you for touching my 93-year-old mother-in-law. Thank you for listening to me. Thank you for not rushing me even though you were always very busy. Thank you for caring for me. Thank you for being an example of care, a special touch, compassionate, and patient. Thank you for showing me Jesus! I will never forget what you have done nor will I ever forget you Marie. Signed one of many that have been touched by an angel: Marie.”

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.

Marie was recognized by her team 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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