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O’FALLON – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital recently honored a nurse with the national DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing and a second (non-nurse) colleague with the Being Extraordinary Everyday (BEE) Award. Both have been instrumental in delivering excellence in patient care at St. Elizabeth’s in O’Fallon.

miller meggiMeggi Miller, RN in the ICU received the DAISY Award, which recognizes the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. Miller was nominated by the son of a recent patient.

The nomination shared, “My father was hospitalized following his CABG [Coronary Artery Bypass Graft] valve replacement. He had some complications a few days after his surgery including a CVA, seizure, and a GI bleed. However, the medical team led by Dr. Musumbi jumped into action, dealt with the critical situation and now my dad will be discharged to a swing bed in our hometown. There was one nurse in particular that day that was just "totally awesome" with my dad, her name is Meggi. On that day, she cared for my father as though he was her own father. She was kind, compassionate, caring, and above all else, she had her "A" game on. She went above and beyond that day. She answered questions, kept us in the loop, and genuinely cared! She is a blessing to the hospital, to her patients, and the nursing profession! Thank you once again or all that you do!”

lake lauraLaura Lake, from the Inpatient Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit, received the BEE Award, which is similar to the DAISY Award, in that it recognizes colleagues who go beyond expectations. However, the BEE Award recognizes integral members of our health care team, outside of nursing: Just as a daisy cannot survive without a bee, nurses cannot survive without the outstanding teamwork provided by other colleagues.

Lake’s nomination was submitted by a fellow colleague. The nomination noted, “Laura always takes the time to truly get to know her patients. She is the most caring therapist I have worked with. Last year, she was seeing a patient on rehab. This patient had physical impairments and dysphagia [a speech disorder]. With all the deficits, this patient felt "down." Laura provided vital stimulation [a type of speech therapy] for multiple weeks with this patient in order to improve the patient’s swallow function. She would make the patient "cocktails" (cranberry juice and sprite, no alcohol of course) in attempts to boost his mood while doing trials of nectar-thickened liquids during therapy. The cranberry juice mixed with sprite was the one drink the patient could tolerate/appreciate of the thickened liquid. Earlier this year, the patient came back to visit on rehab and I was the first person to run into the patient as the patient exited the elevator. The patient was 100 percent intelligible and stated he was on was regular and thin diet. The patient was in good spirits and immediately asked where to find Laura to go to visit.”

“We were truly honored to recognize both Meggi and Laura for their dedication to offering excellent patient care,” said Elizabeth Govero, Chief Nursing Officer for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We thank them both for exemplifying our Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy and making the all-important Care Connections with our patients and their families!”

Nominations for future DAISY Awards and BEE 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. DAISY nomination forms can be downloaded at http://steliz.org/www-seb/media/SEB-PDF-Documents/Daisy-Award-Form.pdf. A BEE nomination form can be downloaded at http://steliz.org/www-seb/media/SEB-PDF-Documents/BEE-Award-Nomination-Form-03272017.pdf.

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, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

PHOTO LEFT: Meggi Miller, RN at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s ICU,left,  received the national DAISY Award, from Elizabeth Govero, chief nursing officer at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

PHOTO RIGHT: Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth Govero, left, recognizes Laura Lake from the Inpatient Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit, with the BEE Award, which recognizes (non-nurse) colleagues who go beyond expectations.