OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Registered nurse, Christine Blanco, employed with Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Telemetry department for five years, is the Daisy Award winner for February 2019.
Blanco, who was actually nominated three separate times in the same month, with all submissions complementing her smile, charisma, nursing skills and compassionate nature, isn’t more deserving of this recognition. However, the nomination that stood out the most was written and submitted by one of her former patients. "You can feel her genuine spirit when she's caring for a patient. Keep smiling! Your smile is contagious and it lets me know each time you walked into my room that I was in good hands and it was okay for me to smile as well."
As part of her award, Christine Blanco, a Plainfield resident, received a DAISY award pin, The Healer's Touch sculpture, a DAISY Award certificate and a box of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls to share with coworkers. Funding for the DAISY award presentation is provided by the Franciscan Health Foundation.
About the DAISY Award
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is an internationally recognized honor that was established in 1999 via the DAISY Foundation by members of the family of Patrick Barnes. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Patrick Barnes was a 33-year-old husband and father of an infant daughter who died eight weeks after being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease idiopathic thrombocytopenia. The award was established to honor what his family perceived to be extraordinary kindness and compassion by the nurses caring for him during his illness. Cinnabons are given because when Patrick was too ill to have an appetite, at one point he was able to eat a Cinnabon his father had brought, and Patrick requested that Cinnabons be brought in the next day for not just him, but for the nurses as a thank you for their care. More information about the award can be found at DaisyFoundation.org.