Two Caregivers with OSF HealthCare Honored with DAISY and Sunflower Awards

11/21/2017 - Ottawa, Illinois

  • (Left to Right): Wendy Navarro, Director of CHOICES Behavioral Health, Mary Ellen Mangruem, CNA and November Sunflower Award Winner, and Ken Beutke, President.

  • (Left to Right): Pat Torrico, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Emily Underhill, RN and November DAISY Award Winner, Tammy Grimes, RN, Manager of Patient Care, and Ken Beutke, President.

  • Shown: (Left) Mary Ellen Mangruem, CNA, Sunflower Award Recipient and (Right) Emily Underhill, RN, DAISY Award recipient

A Registered Nurse and a Certified Nursing Assistant were two recent recipients of the DAISY and Sunflower Awards offered by OSF HealthCare.  Both caregivers were honored during a brief ceremony held on November 21, 2017.

Emily Underhill, RN, of Ottawa was given the DAISY Award which recognizes exceptional nurses nationwide on behalf of the DAISY Foundation.  Underhill has been employed at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center since 2014 and works within the Outpatient Services Department.

A patient who had suffered from a stroke was trying, daily, to smile. During his stay at SEMC, he realized that caring for a smile was a difficult task. An excerpt from the nomination, made by a fellow Mission Partner, read, “While trying to floss with one hand, Emily helped him and became his second hand. These little things that can be done to make patients feel better may seem insignificant, but to him, I am sure, it meant feeling a bit more like himself.”

The Sunflower Award, a recognition program offered to non-nursing staff with OSF HealthCare, was given to Mary Ellen Mangruem, CNA, of Streator. Mangruem started her employed with the hospital earlier this year and works within the hospital’s CHOICES Inpatient Behavioral Health Department.

The nomination from a patient offered the following note, “Mary Ellen always took the time to listen and be positive, made me feel at ease, and never once made me feel like I was a problem. Because of her, and the way she treated me with respect and dignity and care, I now feel like a person again, like I can have a life instead of trying to figure out how to give up on mine.”

OSF HealthCare encourages patients, family members and fellow staff to recognize caregivers who have provided exceptional care and service by nominating them for an award to honor their dedication. For more information about the DAISY and Sunflower Awards, or to submit a nomination, click here.



Caitlin Chrzanowski
Community Relations Specialist
(815) 431-5498