St. Francis Hospital names Grateful Patient Award Winners

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group recently recognized four honorees through its Grateful Patient program. The program includes the international DAISY Award, Sunflower Award, Honor a Caregiver Award and Team Award.

This quarter s awards were presented to Martha Sliva, RN (DAISY Award); Christie Kleiman, Patient Access representative, (Sunflower Award); Deryck Korhonen, PA-C (Honor a Caregiver Award), and the Walk-In Clinic (Team Award).

Sliva was the recipient of the DAISY Award, which recognizes the skillful and compassionate care provided by nurses. She is a nurse in the operating room and was recognized for the exceptional care and compassion she brought to an OR patient. The patient nominated Martha based on the support and compassion she provided during an emergency procedure that helped to bring a great level of peace and calming during an uncertain time.

Kleiman registers patients at the hospital. She received multiple nominations for the Sunflower Award, which recognizes non-nursing staff for being outstanding role models among a community of caregivers. Christie is known for her cheerful disposition and friendly smile when greeting patients upon arrival. One patient noted that Christie always makes you feel like she cares about you, she always makes sure you know where to go and never says goodbye without wishing you well.

The Honor a Caregiver Award recognizes physicians and advanced practice providers who demonstrate excellence, compassion and extraordinary care. Korhonen, an advanced practice provider with OSF St. Francis Family Medicine in Powers, was nominated by a patient for his commitment and dedication to working with that patient to find a treatment plan that vastly improved quality of life.

The Team Award was presented to the Walk-In Clinic at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, acknowledging the excellence and collaboration of an entire department or medical practice group. They were recognized for their ongoing efforts in pulling together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to care for our community. The nomination referred to them as the Swiss Army Knife in the pandemic toolkit: adaptable, valuable, helpful and prepared  all traits that supported the ongoing and evolving changes brought about by the pandemic.

“The work of our Mission Partners goes beyond providing health care to patients, said Dave Lord, President, OSF St. Francis Hospital. They re often providing comfort, compassion and a listening ear. I see it each and every day and am proud to see the Sisters Mission in action. The nominations from patients act as a great reminder that staff from all departments and roles are making a positive impact on those we serve.

If you would like to nominate a Mission Partner (employee) from OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group for special recognition of extraordinary care, please visit osfgratefulpatient.org


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