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Park Ridge Health Celebrates First DAISY Award Recipient of 2017

The DAISY Award recognizes nurses who go above and beyond their daily tasks to make extraordinary differences in the lives of patients and their families.

4/7/2017  |  By Victoria Dunkle

Park Ridge Health recently announced the winner of its quarterly DAISY Award, Ryan O'Neill, RN. O'Neill is a vital member of the fully accredited Park Ridge Health Diagnostic Imaging department. She was nominated by a colleague who has seen her clinical skill and compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that Park Ridge Health patients, their families, and our staff recognize as outstanding.

Park Ridge Health is excited to have partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honor nurses who go above and beyond their daily tasks to make extraordinary differences in the lives of our patients and their families.

One recent example involved a patient who was planning to skip an appointment that was vital to her care because she couldn't line up the transportation she would need. When Ryan heard this, she took extra steps to make sure the patient received the care she needed and then drove the patient home herself. That patient later told Ryan's supervisor, she was receiving the treatments she needed, and wanted the supervisor to know that had it not been for Ryan, she was not going to follow through with treatments or the biopsy as planned.

"If nursing becomes a ministry, then it becomes a joy," said Ryan O'Neill, RN; Park Ridge Health DAISY Award recipient. "Patients are God's children and I treat them as such. They are my world when it comes to working at Park Ridge Health. And I am very happy to be at a place that fosters that."

"The spirit and dedication of the Park Ridge Health nurses, like Ryan, enables our patients to feel comfort and care on a whole-person level – body, mind and spirit," said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health president and CEO. "The DAISY Award is the perfect way for our patients and care teams to recognize those nurses who bring this level of excellence to the care they provide."

The DAISY Award was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes to thank the nurses who cared for Patrick and for them as he battled an autoimmune disease. Patrick lost his battle, but his family realized the impact his nurses had on the final days of his life. For that they are forever grateful. They wanted to create an opportunity for all families who experience the benefits of the extraordinary care of nurses to show their appreciation.

The Park Ridge Health Nursing Administration presented Ryan O'Neill, RN with a gift package, including a DAISY Award certificate and pen, and a "Healer's Touch" scripture.