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Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - Daisy Award Winner


Melissa Noskowiak, RN of Holy Family Memorial’s Medical/Surgical Unit was recently honored with The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. She is the 13th HFM employee to receive the quarterly award since it began at HFM in 2011. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

Noskowiak was nominated by Judie Franke, Manitowoc, who was hospitalized for a hip replacement. Franke’s planned two-day stay turned into a five-day stay due to several complications, and Noskowiak was there for her every step of the way.

“Melissa was there to cheer me on and encourage me through a time that was very dark for me,” said Franke. “She was kind, sympathetic, gentle and reassuring. Every time I would make some progress, her face would light up into a big smile. But the gesture that touched my heart most was that she actually switched days so that she could be on duty on the day that I was discharged. She said she likes to follow through with her patients…there on the day when I came in and also on the day when I went home to give hugs, smiles, and words of encouragement.”

Noskowiak even surprised Franke and her husband with cupcakes when she found out it was their wedding anniversary.

“Even though I am much older than her, she was like a ‘mama’ to me,” said Franke. “Many people have walked in and out of my life, but Melissa has left footprints on my heart. I will be back soon to have the other hip replaced, and then both knees. I look forward to seeing Melissa and her bright, healing smile again!”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in California, and was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family. 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’s families.

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