OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to announce the most recent winners of the DAISY Award, which recognizes outstanding nursing care. Winners are nominated by patients and their families.
Her nomination reads: “I delivered our son on December 29, 2011. I truly believe (Mandi) is the reason I was able to deliver our son as we had multiple complications. She stayed with us and talked me through each step. After losing our son’s heartbeat multiple times throughout the delivery, I was having trouble relaxing enough for my contractions to increase my dilation. Mandi walked me through how to do this as well as tried to keep me calm, reassuring me all the equipment hooked up to me and the baby was okay and would not move (I was afraid I would do something by moving when I needed to). It was very stressful and I honestly believe I would not have had the positive outcome we did if Mandi was not on duty that night.”
The March 2012 DAISY Award was presented to Iulia Ghiorghias from Dunlap. She works in the Surgical Acute unit and was nominated by a patient’s daughter.
Her nomination reads in part: “My mother was sent via ambulance from OSF Holy Family Monmouth to Peoria. She was placed on 4 Surg and, after testing, it was determined her care would require radiation rather than surgery. All the nurses in 4 Surg were wonderful. But Iulia, seeing the pain my mother was in, was extraordinarily attentive. She contacted doctors when my mother’s pain was registering a ten with no easing. She spoke with us and kept us informed of my mother’s condition and went above and beyond in her compassion and efforts. She stopped in after her shifts and took an active interest in my mother as a person. My mother is a two-time cancer survivor already. We know the drill, have experienced care and have reasonable expectations of medical attention and protocol. Iulia exceeded every label of care, concern, professionalism, and defined extraordinary health care. Now, when we face my mother fighting cancer for the third time and try to help her prepare and not get depressed, we were sent one of God’s special angels to help us. I do not use this term lightly but with the most sincere and meaningful definition possible.”
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is the first hospital in the Midwest to participate in the DAISY Award, a national endeavor. The hospital receives approximately 180 DAISY nominations each month. From those nominations, a panel of five judges from the Professional Nursing Congress Recognition/Communication Committee at OSF Saint Francis chooses a monthly winner. Nurses who win a DAISY Award receive an award pin as well as a hand-carved Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe, an award certificate, a bouquet of daisies, cinnamon powder called “DAISY dust”, and cinnamon rolls for their entire unit.