Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion recently honored Catherine Pippin, RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her commitment and patient-centered approach to care, according to a news release.
Pippin, who has been with CTCA at Midwestern for six years, was honored in front of patients, peers and leadership in May. Her role as a CTCA nurse care manager includes providing clinical support to patients during treatment and throughout their follow-up care, along with directly communicating with the patient’s doctors and other clinicians at CTCA at Midwestern and in the patient’s hometown. According to the release, she also assists caregivers with their questions, calls in prescriptions and is an overall advocate for patients, helping coordinate every aspect of their care.
”I love working in an environment where the patient has an entire team assigned to them whose specific job is to manage the patient’s care,” Pippin said in the release. “It’s a collaborative group with everyone’s focus being the health and well-being of the patient.”
Each quarter, a nurse is selected to receive the DAISY Award by an awards committee, composed of CTCA at Midwestern nursing leadership and peers. During a presentation in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives an Extraordinary Nurse certificate and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
“Nurse care managers perform a critical role in patient care at CTCA at Midwestern,” Jacklynn Lesniak, MS, BSN, RN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at CTCA at Midwestern, said in the release. “Since most of the patients treated at CTCA travel here for care, coordinating all aspects of their treatment plan and follow-up visits is paramount to their health and well-being and quality of life.”