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osfstanthonysdaisymayALTON – As a partner in the international DAISY Award program that recognizes the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center recently awarded its quarterly DAISY Award to Mary Ferris.

Ferris, a registered nurse who works in the Health Center’s Medical-Surgical unit, was nominated by patients and visitors to OSF Saint Anthony’s. She was one of 48 nominations received this quarter.

“We truly appreciate the compassionate, merciful care that RNs and LPNs perform every day and the Daisy Award is one way to recognize these dedicated individuals,” said Sister M. Anselma, Chief Operating Officer for OSF Saint Anthony’s.

Ferris has been with OSF Saint Anthony’s since 1989. In the comments received about her, she was recognized for her compassion and professionalism:

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. During Pat’s eight-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 his 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.

PHOTO: Senior leaders from OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center present Mary Ferris, RN, (middle, dark top) with the Second Quarter 2017 International DAISY Award for extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care.