Nominated by a patient in June 2018, Jerome Niedzwiecki, a clinical nurse who works in the Heart and Vascular Center, receives the Daisy Award at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for September 2018. Niedzwiecki was selected by the Work Environment Council for his skills and compassionate care, which exemplify him as an outstanding role model.
The nomination from the patient reads:
“I arrived at the ER a few weeks ago, experiencing sharp back pain, and was admitted to the hospital, suffering a massive heart attack. Testing showed a blocked artery, so I was sent to the cath lab and was prepped for a stent placement.
“It was in the cath lab that I met Jerome. He immediately calmed me down by explaining the procedure and took great care when prepping me.
“After my family left, Jerome took my hand and said, ‘This is the worst part right now, because I know you feel all alone; but I am right here with you, and so is God.’
“I can’t begin to explain how much hearing those words meant to me. Such a simple act of kindness, only lasting a few seconds, set my mind at ease and lifted my spirits. I knew I was in good hands. Thank you, Jerome!”
Niedzwiecki received his award during a ceremony on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, in the Heart and Vascular Center, led by Chief Nursing Officer Liz Murphy.