Congratulations to Jackie Gillespie, DAISY Award Honoree for May 2015, for her outstanding commitment to upholding and demonstrating the mission and core values of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s through her work as a nurse in Palliative Care.
Serving as his palliative care nurse, Gillespie had established a relationship with this patient during his cancer treatment, and soon learned that this patient was coming toward the end of his journey with cancer. The patient discussed with Gillespie his concern for leaving his infant son too soon. Gillespie coordinated a videotaping to document the patient holding his son while giving him a few tips for the future, including how to shave. The completed video was given to the family of the patient.
The Palliative Care team celebrated with Gillespie to surprise her as she learned of her DAISY Award.
Gillespie also recently received the Vision Award for Nursing Excellence in early May 2015. Nurses are an integral component of any health care system, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is pleased to recognize the spirit of compassion and concern that nurse’s exhibit for the patients they care for.
Congratulations again to Jackie Gillespie.