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Winthrop Harbor nurse receives DAISY Award from CTCA

Friday March 27, 2015
Patrice Dillow, RN
Patrice Dillow, RN
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill., has honored Patrice Dillow, MSN, RN, APRN, WOCN with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her commitment and patient-centered approach to care, according to a news release.

Dillow was honored Feb. 16 in front of patients, peers and leadership. As a CTCA nurse, she supports patients living with wound, ostomy and continence-related conditions, and goes above and beyond to help new nurses understand the many aspects of their roles by serving as a mentor and providing nurse education through in-services and shadowing, according to the release.

Dillow joined CTCA at Midwestern in 1997.

“I have a passion for nursing,” Dillow said in the release. “I entered nursing over 36 years ago to make a difference in people’s lives. Working at CTCA at Midwestern has given me the opportunity to positively affect the lives of hundreds of patients in need of care. Working hand-in-hand with patients and my fellow nurses is what really makes this profession so rewarding.”

Each quarter, a nurse at the hospital is selected to receive the DAISY Award by a committee composed of CTCA at Midwestern nursing leadership and peers. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate for being an extraordinary nurse. The honoree also is given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“Pat Dillow personifies the definition of nursing,” Jacklynn Lesniak, MS, BSN, RN, senior vice president of patient care services and CNO, said in the release. “She is a true giver...She cares for her patients on a level that supports their physical and emotional needs.”

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