OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Raymond Camp, a registered nurse who has been with Franciscan Health Olympia Fields for over three years, is the hospital's first DAISY Award winner.
The Homewood, Illinois, resident was nominated by a patient's husband. The nomination stated that Raymond is responsible for confirming Franciscan Health Olympia Fields' intentions of giving exemplary assistance and care to its patients. In the nomination, the husband added, "[Raymond] was not only the expected professional and efficient nurse, but also very friendly, personable, joyful, sharing and caring. He checked in on my wife almost every 30 minutes and was quick to respond to her needs and requests. He deserves more than a verbal pat on the back."
As part of his award, Camp received a DAISY award pin, The Healer's Touch sculpture, a DAISY Award certificate and a box of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls to share with his coworkers. Funding for the DAISY award presentation is provided by the Franciscan Health Foundation.
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 https://www.daisyfoundation.org.