Eleventh LCM Nurse to Receive the Daisy Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Kristina Novak, RN from 4 West. Kristina the eleventh 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.

“ When I arrived at LCMH, I was introduced to my nurse- a young woman named Kristina Novak.   I am not sure where to start because I was miserable and very crabby from the pain.  Kristina started out by introducing herself and her helpers.  With a big smile and bright sunny and positive disposition, she went about her job helping me to get comfortable.  This young woman, in my opinion, went above and way beyond the call of duty to help me through my ordeal.  She constantly came into my room to ask me if I was OK or if I needed anything. I know that is her job, but since I was in pain, I made sure to ask her not be late with my pain medications.  She woke me every 4 hours on the dot with a quiet and compassionate “Hi Mr. Hill.”  I have had 10 surgeries in my lifetime and I know the difference between GOOD care and GREAT care and Kristina provided GREAT care. ”

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.

Kristina 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! Additionally, everyone in the 4 West 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.

How Can YOU Nominate An Extradinary Nurse?

Patients or visitors may nominate a deserving nurse by:

1) Filling out the online form and hit submit. OR-

2) Print and fill out the attached nomination form. You can mail the form to 2800 West 95th Street. Evergreen Park, IL 60805, ATTN: Jane Sullivan or drop off the form at the main or 94th Street entrance of the hospital.

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