Our first DAISY Award winner has been announced!

Happy Nurses Week, and congratulations to Debbie Wronkiewicz, RN for the ICU department, the first recipient of the DAISY Award at Little Company of Mary Hospital!

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 everyday. 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.

Debbie personifies Little Company of Mary’s remarkable patient experience, and she received some truly heartfelt nominations. There are so many stories about her compassion for patients, but the most recent is about a handicapped patient who speaks only two words. Debbie not only comforted the patient’s anxious family, but she treated the patient like a member of her own family. She strives every day to help patients recover and treat them with compassion.

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 8 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 everyday.

Debbie was recognized by her ICU 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! Additionally, everyone in the ICU department celebrated with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

If you’d like to nominate an extraordinary nurse for the next DAISY Award, you can fill out the nomination form on our website. You can then drop the completed form inside the DAISY ballot box located in the hospital’s main and 94th Street entrances.


  • Debbie, I always knew how special you were as an ICU nurse. Congratulations, you should have gotten this many years ago! I’m so proud to have worked with you for so many years.

  • Hi Debbie,

    God bless you. I don’t know you, but I have been in a hospital beford. I’ve observed nurses and know that a good nurse is an awesome blessing. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do. Congratulations.


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