OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Franciscan Health Olympia Fields is pleased to recognize not one, but three registered nurses as their latest Daisy Award recipients. Guadalupe Diaz-Garcia and Deborah Radziejeski, of the hospital's Medical/Surgical/ Pediatric unit, were both nominated in the same letter from a grateful patient. Emergency Department registered nurse, Reba James, also received a Daisy Award during the hospitals Daisy Day celebration.
Diaz-Garcia of Burbank, a first-year nurse, and Radziejeski of Calumet City, a 30-year nurse, were both lauded for their patience and the time they took explaining a patient’s complicated condition to his mother.
"To say we were all nervous and tense is an understatement,” the grateful mother explained. "Lupe and Debbie were helpful explaining why things were being done. They were very willing to answer all our questions and greatly calmed our fears. They were extremely efficient in their task, while always checking to see if there was anything our son or our family needed."
At the same ceremony, Reba James of Chicago, who has served 12 of her 30 years in nursing at Franciscan Health, also received a Daisy Award. James was similarly helpful to the parents of another Franciscan Health patient with a comforting spirit and constant updates.
"Reba continued to update me on the status of my daughter," the patient's mother said. "I never saw her sit or talk with other staff very long. She was constantly attending to all her patients with kindness, respect and professionalism. She would look at me and smile as if she wanted me to know that we were not forgotten. Overall, I rate Reba as a ten for outstanding work performance. Because of her, I have more appreciation for what nurses and healthcare workers do to care for patients and families. What she does is priceless!"
As part of this award, all nurses 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.
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.