OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Devin Polaczek, a Franciscan Health Olympia Fields registered nurse since 2015, is the latest recipient of the hospital's Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The Lockport resident was nominated by Steven Moisant, an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient, who was compelled to submit a Daisy Award nomination form to acknowledge the extraordinary care he received from Polaczek.
"Devin has far been the best nurse I encountered," said Moisant. "She listens, she's kind, compassionate and cares about your well-being. I want her to be recognized as the best nurse and person here." As part of this recognition, Polaczek received a Daisy Award pin, The Healer's Touch Sculpture, a Daisy Award certificate and a box of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls to share with fellow nurses.
The DAISY foundation was established in 1999 by the family members of Patrick Barnes. After eight weeks of hospitalization, Patrick died from complication of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive and do something that would honor the very special man Patrick was. They brainstormed what to do in his memory - recalling the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to find a way to say thank you to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program. The acronym DAISY stands for Disease Attacking the Immune SYstem. Through this and other recognition programs, the DAISY Foundation honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.