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Mark DiCicco, RN, recently earned a Daisy Award for Exceptional Nurses. for his care to a patient in the Emergency Department. The patient said he listened carefully to her concerns about how medications he prescribed might affect her nursing her infant, and worked with her to ensure her health and her

 child’s safety. Dr. William Todd prescribed  an antibiotic - the patient said she later realized he and Mark might have saved her life by prescribing it and convincing her to take it, as her infection turned out to be quite serious.

Nine days later, the patient came back to the ED, this time with her infant, who was having a croup attack. She said, “Mark walked into the triage room and immediately started his charm again, this time to my son, making him smile, despite having a 104 fever. Not only that, he took the time and asked me how I was doing and how I felt. He didn't know it, but I had had emergency surgery the night before at PRMC and was back with my son just three hours after being released. He, once again, took the time to listen to me and made sure we were seen in the Pediatrics department ASAP for the sake of my son’s breathing. After a few hours, we were on our way out the door for the night, and he saw me through the triage glass. I waved and walked out, only to turn around and see Mark running out the doors behind me to check that my son was okay and that I was feeling all right myself. He made sure we had gotten taken care of and all our concerns were addressed.”

DiCicco was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before his colleagues. He received certificates commending him for being an extraordinary nurse. The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” They were also presented with fresh flowers on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.  To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward and share a story.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”