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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in O'Fallon, Ill., awarded Hannah Schlemer with the national DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

schlemer hannahSchlemer, of Troy, Ill., (top) has served as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for nearly seven years and for the HSHS Southern Illinois Division hospitals as a float pool nurse for a year. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's nationwide program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Schlemer holds the credentials of BSN and RN.

The nomination was submitted by a patient’s family after Schlemer cared for their loved one on multiple occasions. The nomination shared, “My mom was in the hospital last fall and I had to work all weekend, so I couldn’t get over to see her. When I called on Saturday morning to see how she was doing, I spoke with Hannah. Hannah gave me an update on mom, took my phone number and called me several times that weekend with updates. When Mom was back in the hospital in the winter, again Hannah was her nurse and remembered taking care of Mom. She even asked if it was okay to say a prayer with our family at mom’s bedside. This meant the world to our family. Hannah touched our hearts in the few meetings we had with her before our Mom’s passing. Her compassion, caring personality, thoughtfulness, and just love of her job makes her a great nurse and a person. She will forever have a special place in our hearts.”

“I feel honored to have received the national DAISY Award,” Schlemer said. “As a nurse, I often remember my patients and their families, their successes, their challenges, but really the patients touch my heart just as much as they feel I touch theirs.” When asked about being acknowledged for her efforts, she shared, “I’m glad I can make a positive difference in the lives of my patients and their families.”

A total of 18 dedicated registgered nurses were also recognized for receiving additional individual nominations for this quarter. These colleagues include: Kimberly Beam, (Telemetry B), Adam Crohn, (Telemetry A), Dawn Diaz, (Ambulatory Surgery Unit), Elizabeth Donaldson, (Telemetry A), Kathy Dryden, (Intensive Care Unit), Katie Entrekin-Uyuni, (Telemetry A), Emilee Fensterman, (Southern Illinois Division Float Pool), Sara Fishbein, (Emergency Department/UrgiCare), Amy Howards, (Southern Illinois Division Float Pool), Caleigh Huber, (Ambulatory Surgery Unit), Laura McClenagan, (Southern Illinois Division Float Pool), Hannah McKonkey, (Telemetry A), Michelle Mehring, (Southern Illinois Division Float Pool), Heather Prince, (Intensive Care Unit), Megan Sheehan, (Intensive Care Unit), Rosemary Stewart, (Ambulatory Surgery Unit), Mary Wolfe, (Southern Illinois Division Float Pool) and Jannel Wood, (Telemetry A).

pfaff wendyEmily Sanders, CNA of the Telemetry B Unit and Wendy Pfaff, RRT (shown right) of Respiratory received St. Elizabeth’s Being Extraordinary Everyday (BEE) Award.

Additional colleagues recognized for BEE nominations include: Eric Dickson (Transport), Cathy Harms, (Telemetry A), Nanette Harris (Telemetry A), Latoya Isaac (Telemetry B), Byrana Kizer-Rivera, (Telemetry A), Kevin Marler (Environmental Services) and Ashley Perry (Southern Illinois Division Float Pool).

Distribution of the nationally-recognized DAISY Award and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s BEE Award have been made possible through funds provided by HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation.

Nominations for future DAISY and BEE Awards at St. Elizabeth’s continue to be accepted. Patients and visitors are encouraged to share and submit their story of witnessing excellent and compassionate care from staff. The nomination forms can be downloaded at https://www.steliz.org/Patient-Guest/Recognize-a-Colleague.