Behavioral Patient Nominates DAISY Winner

November 18, 2015

Marie Livengood, center, is the latest DAISY Award

winner at Mercy Hosptial Jefferson.

CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. - Marie Livengood, RN, is the second winner of the Mercy Hospital Jefferson DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Marie was nominated by a patient in the behavioral health unit at Mercy Jefferson. The nomination was selected from nearly 50 submitted by patients, visitors or co-workers over the past three months. The patient praised Marie for her caring and commitment.

“Marie is like a strong tower. We are trying so hard to learn our coping skills, and she is a light into a dark place. We can talk to her. She cares for us and loves us. She is a beacon of light that shines. She drives away the ghosts racing in our minds.”

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The family of Patrick Barnes established the Daisy Foundation in 1999 to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. The award is presented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries.

During the recognition ceremony, surrounded by her co-workers, Livengood received an official DAISY pin, a certificate, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” Additionally the national award calls for a celebration for all co-workers in the unit with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.

“The Barnes family asks that whenever and where ever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment to think about how special they are.”

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