OSF Saint Luke announces 2023 DAISY Award winner

5/23/2023 - Kewanee, Illinois

  • 2023 DAISY Award Winner and Leadership

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center is pleased to recognize the 2023 DAISY Award winner, Emily Fairfield, RN. Emily is a registered nurse in Medical/Surgical Acute Care at OSF Saint Luke. Emily was recognized for the extraordinary compassion, empathy and kindness she shared with a patient.

“Emily is a very good nurse and does her job well. Always there when I called and was always smiling, asking if she could do more. She made me feel safe and would help me breathe. I was so happy that I was in good hands and so happy to have her for my nurse. I was truly blessed to have her, and she is where God wants her to be. She is our gift from Him for a nurse. It’s a special job. Thank you, Emily, for your kindness.”

“We are privileged to be affiliated with the DAISY Foundation. Patients and families are able to recognize our nurses that go above and beyond to make them feel safe and cared for,” said Lisa Garcia, chief nursing officer at OSF Saint Luke.

The DAISY Award program can be found in over 2,000 health care facilities in all 50 states and 14 other countries. An acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).  During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family experienced the best in nursing care and compassion provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. One of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses and to thank them for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as they had experienced.

The DAISY Award winner receives an award pin, certificate, “Healing Touch” statue, bouquet of daisies and a banner displayed in their department for the year.

From the nominations for the DAISY Award, a committee from OSF Saint Luke selects one recipient annually. To recognize an employee who has provided exceptional care, submit a nomination to honor their dedication at osfhealthcarefoundation.org/nominate-a-nurse.



Samantha Harker Rux
Public Relations & Communications Coordinator
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