In early August, OSF HealthCare facilities throughout Ottawa, Streator and surrounding areas introduced a new “thank a caregiver” initiative designed to honor staff members for a job well done. The recognition program allows patients and visitors to nominate a caregiver who has provided exceptional care and service.
Nominations were collected – both online and in person – during the months that followed. On Monday, October 24, OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center honored its first DAISY and Sunflower Award recipients.
“We are pleased to offer not one, but two, different award programs to our Mission Partners,” said Ken Beutke, OSF Saint Elizabeth President. “The DAISY Award was created by a larger, national organization and recognizes exceptional nurses. The Sunflower Award, a recognition program created by OSF HealthCare, is used to recognize non-nursing team members.”
Heidi Sobkowiak of Granville was the recipient of the inaugural DAISY Award for nursing staff. She works as a Registered Nurse in OSF Saint Elizabeth’s Inpatient Behavioral Health CHOICES unit and has been employed with OSF HealthCare since 2004.
Sobkowiak’s winning nomination included the following note, “I was so glad that Heidi was so nice and understanding. I believe she went above and beyond what she needed to do. I am thankful that Heidi was there for me. Heidi is an excellent nurse, and I trust her – which I don’t most people.”
The inaugural Sunflower Award was given to Presley Jensen, a Patient Care Technician with the medical/surgical unit at OSF Saint Elizabeth. An Ottawa native, Jensen has been employed with OSF HealthCare since April. Her nominee indicated that she was “friendly and great with helping in anything I asked for.”
For more information about either award, or to submit a nomination, click here.