ZION, Ill. — Mike Stimac, a registered nurse from Kenosha, has received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses from Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chicago.
The award is part of the Daisy Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Stimac has been in nursing for more than 28 years. For the last five years, he has worked at CTCA Chicago assisting and serving patients in the ICU and surgical oncology unit.
“I first became intrigued about nursing as a career after being in the hospital for stitches,” said Stimac. “While I was there I met a male nurse. I was very impressed with the way he and the physician interacted and communicated with one another. It left a lasting impression on me.”
Stimac was nominated for the Daisy Award by one of his patients, who anonymously shares: “I was in ICU recovering after having one of my kidneys removed. Michael is by far the best nurse I have had. He has exceptional knowledge, incredible bedside care and attended to all my needs.
“When it comes to explaining what will be done as well as educating me on what I can do for myself, he is extremely detailed. A person doing his job also needs to be kind and nurturing mixed with a bit of humor — he has it all. Michael helped me to relax, which lessened my fears, and got me up and walking around sooner than later. This amazing nurse made it easy for me and my family. I thank you so much.”
“Of course I was pleasantly surprised and very appreciative to be chosen for the Daisy Award since there are so many deserving nurses at our hospital,” said Stimac. “I think it’s important to recognize nurses for the work that we do, but we know the real heroes are our patients. They are the ones who inspire me.”
The award is presented each quarter by a committee comprised of CTCA Chicago nursing leadership and peers.
“Mike is a rock, and a key member and mentor of many of the night-shift nurses,” said Adrienne Schultz, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at CTCA Chicago. “While the world sleeps, this group of selfless men and women make sure our patients receive care and their needs are met.”
Stimac, who works closely with patients as they recover after having surgery, looks for opportunities to connect with his patients.
“By far, the best part of my job is talking with my patients and hearing their stories. They put their trust in me, as I put my confidence in them.”
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Artist Dale Mellor stands with her daisies at Kenosha’s North Pier Lighthouse.
The Pierhead lighthouse is seen during a recent sunset.
Waves on Lake Michigan crash into the north pier near the lighthouse on Jan. 7. The view may change as city officials consider a $3.65 million pier extension to help stop silt and sediment from building up at the mouth of the harbor.
The New Image Chorus provides entertainment during an open house at the History Center on Saturday.
Amanda Lachance, left, and her children, Alexa, 12, Veronica, 17, and Angel, 13, not in photograph, check out the top of the Southport Lighthouse on Saturday.
Al Knecht and his sister-in-law Bobbie LaChance take a break on a landing while climbing to the top of the Southport Lighthouse on Saturday.
Lighthouse Historian Ron Luttrell gives a presentation on the Rouse Simmons schooner, also known as The Christmas Tree Ship, at the Southport Light Station Museum on Saturday.
Legoland Discovery Center Chicago Master Builder Greg Nuse, left, and Eli Bormann pose with their North Pier Lighthouse Lego replica near the real-world structure.
A tree is in bloom near the 1866 lighthouse on Friday, May 11, 2018.
A look from the lighthouse
Eva Roemke, lower left, wipes condensation from a window for a better view during a tour with her family Jim, Lena and Lesa Roemke, right, of the 55-foot tall lighthouse on Simmons Island on Friday.
Jaceena Jackson, eight, of Kenosha and her great-grandfather Joe Lafayette climb up the spiral staircase inside the Southport Lighthouse Saturday August 13, 2016 during the triple dipper event. The Southport Light Station Museum is celebrating the Southport Lighthouse’s Sesquicentennial anniversary and National Lighthouse Day. Visitors are allowed to go to the top of the lighthouse for free.
Jaceena Jackson, eight, of Kenosha and her great-grandfather Joe Lafayette look out of the top window of the Southport Lighthouse Saturday August 13, 2016 after climbing up for the first time during the triple dipper event. The Southport Light Station Museum is celebrating the Southport Lighthouse’s Sesquicentennial anniversary and National Lighthouse Day. Visitors are allowed to go to the top of the lighthouse for free.
Children (and adults) are invited to “Chalk on the Walk” from 1 to 4 pm. today at the North Pier Lighthouse at Simmons Island Beach. Children are invited to bring colored chalk and draw on the sidewalk and the pier. Free goodie bags will be given out at the pier’s entrance to the first 100 children who show up. (Note: The bags do NOT contain chalk this year; to take part in the activity, bring your own chalk.) The lighthouse’s gallery will also be open.
The Southport Lighthouse and Light Station Museum, 5117 Fourth Ave., are open for another season, and climbing the lighthouse is free today (May 9).
A group checks out the lighthouse on the north pier as seen through the "Night In Tunisia" sculpture by Ron Grad on Monday, March 5, 2018.
Caught in the first light of dawn
The 1866 Southport Lighthouse and keeper’s station are silhouetted at sunset on Simmons Island on Monday. Don’t expect to see much sun today as fog, clouds and showers are in the forecast. For more on the local weather forecast, see Page C10 or visit kenoshanews.com.
A sunset lights up Lake Michigan’s surf and a reflection of the North Pier lighthouse along the Simmons Island shoreline.
Yulia Strehlow took this photo along Lake Michigan on the evening of Aug. 18, 2017. “I was with my parents visiting the pop-up beer gardens and took the opportunity to walk around and capture the beauty of nature,” she wrote.
A photo by a former Artist in Residence at the Kenosha North Pier lighthouse.
Photographs by Nate Whitney, like this one of Kenosha’s North Pier Lighthouse, were on display (and for sale) in 2018 at the lighthouse as part of this summer’s Artist in Residence program.
Meghan Olson took this photo at the North Pier lighthouse in July.
Anne Hermes plans the mural she would create around the base of the North Pier lighthouse in June 2017.
Leo Martin took this photo of the “strawberry moon” rising over the Kenosha lighthouse.
A bonus to spending the day at Simmons Island Beach? The iconic view of Kenosha’s red lighthouse.