Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Ill., recognized outstanding and dedicated nurses at the hospital’s 2015 National Nurses Week Awards and Recognition Tea on May 7. Three LCMH nurses received awards for Nurse Educator of the Year, Nurse Leader of the Year, and Nurse of the Year, according to a news release. Another employee received an award for Care Partner of the Year.
Nurse Educator of the Year award was presented to Mary Kay Nowicki, RN. Nowicki was recognized as someone who acknowledges the intelligence and worth of each individual and who presents a positive image of nursing. She also runs the transition to practice cohort program at LCMH, which consists of a 12-week orientation for new graduate nurses that works to build confidence in each individual, according to the release.
Mary Grimm, RN, maternal/child nurse manager, was presented with the Nurse Leader of the Year award. She was recognized for consistently demonstrating excellence in leadership skills and for having a high level of community involvement, including local events, according to the release.
Joanne Pizzo, RN, was presented with the Nurse of the Year award. Pizzo began at LCMH in 1989 as a registry nurse, and continues to go above and beyond for all of her patients, according to the release. She works specifically with patients in the hospital’s memory program and has recently assisted with development of the new Wound Care and Vascular Center at LCMH.
The Care Partner of the Year award was presented to Rose Krueger, who exemplifies LCMH’s core values of professionalism, quality, compassion and responsibility, according to the release.
“We celebrate our nurses for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in the profession.” Lisa DiMarco, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, vice president of patient care services at LCMH, said in the release. “It truly is a celebration of the dedication and continuous improvement in the safety and quality of care for our patients.”