Christy Koren honored with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Posted: 1:19 PM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 17:19:15Z

McLaren Greater Lansing nurse Christy Koren was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day.

Christy was nominated by one of her patient’s in Labor and Delivery. Below is the comment that the patient submitted describing the care that Christy provided.


From the time Christy became my nurse here in labor and delivery, to the time my new little family left, she was nothing but perfect. During my entire labor and procedure, she was amazing and beyond comforting and caring. She was there for every situation making sure myself and son were okay. After my procedure, she continued to be extremely welcoming and helpful. Christy continued her warm and welcoming love in the days after and continued to come and check on me and family even when she wasn’t my nurse. Christy showed phenomenal compassion the entire stay here and made our stay a time we will never forget. We are so thankful and grateful for her. I’m extremely glad my family and I were able to share our experience with her. Thank you again Christy for making the entering of our baby boy so special and perfect.

Christy was recognized by hospital leadership and co-workers and received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse," as well as a sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.


The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation based in Glen Ellen, California was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes 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 patients and their families.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, president and cofounder of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the superhuman work they do. The kind of work the nurses at McLaren Greater Lansing are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”


McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services—consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit


 McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at .