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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital honors extraordinary nurses with National DAISY Awards


From Illinois Business Journal news services

BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has awarded Emily Connell, a registered nurse from the Intensive Care Unit, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s nationwide program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. St. Elizabeth’s introduced participation in the nationally recognized DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing in May 2015.

connell emilyThe nomination of Connell (left) came from a patient who feels her excellent care has made a difference in her outlook on life. The nomination notes, “I can say that I’ve been coming to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for two years now and my nurse Emily C., from the ICU has really made a big difference in my life. She always treats me with the most respect and cares for me like a mother. She makes sure that she can take care of my every need. I’m young, (24) and I have congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and blood sugar. I also have a feeding tube. Emily always makes me feel like I’m just like everyone else, that I’m not this tube and helps me to have confidence. She gives me faith that everything will be just fine.”

A total of nine dedicated nurses were also recognized for receiving additional individual nominations for the quarter. They are: Ashley Foppe, Jennifer Jones and Vickie Reno (Critical Care Unit), Jackie Parent and Christopher Scheldt (Med/Surg), Brian Michalowski (Float Pool), Angela Labadie (Outpatient Surgery), Kim Rickhoff (Progressive Care Unit) and Carol Patton (Rehab).

Participation in the DAISY Foundation was made possible through funds provided by the St. Elizabeth’s Foundation.

Nominations for future DAISY Awards at St. Elizabeth’s continue to be accepted. Patients and visitors are encouraged to share and submit their story of witnessing excellent and compassionate care from the clinical staff. A nomination form can be downloaded at

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

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