Sparrow Clinton Nurses earn DAISY Award honors

2020 Daisy Team
Posted at 11:24 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 11:25:29-04

ST. JOHNS, Mich. — Compassionate care of patients earned several Sparrow Clinton Hospital nurses the international DAISY Award for exceptional nursing skills.

This year’s DAISY Award honoree is Aubree Verlinde, BSN, RN. Verlinde joined the Sparrow family in 2015, transferred to Sparrow Clinton Surgical Services in 2019, and currently serves as an Emergency Services nurse. She was nominated by a surgical patient who appreciated her kind, calming personality and her ability to positively interact with and respond to her co-workers.

DAISY Committee nurses presented Verlinde with the award, a certificate of recognition, a DAISY pin, and a hand-carved sculpture entitled The Healer’s Touch. In addition, a DAISY Foundation banner signed by Verlinde and previous DAISY Award winners will be posted in the hospital.

Verlinde is one of 12 Sparrow Clinton nurses nominated for the award. Other nominees include Melissa Ball, RN; Teri Carey, BSN, RN; Lisa Cook, RN; Nicole Hudson, BSN, RN; Melanie Kotowicz, BSN, RN, CNOR; Lily Mendez, RN; Connie Phelps, RN, CNOR; Beverly Ross, BSN, RN; Lori Sparks, BSN, RN; Kelsey Thelen, MSN, RN; and Bridget Willis, RN.

Sparrow Clinton Infusion Center nurses earned DAISY Team status. This extraordinary group of nurses coordinates comprehensive care for every oncology/infusion patient receiving treatment at the hospital. Nominated by a grateful patient, the group was recognized for their respect and compassion, as well as their high level of nursing acumen and ability to facilitate every need from dental care to medications.

The DAISY Team Infusion Center nurses are Sally Batis, BSN, RN; Regina Buhr, RN; Heather Dunn, BSN, RN, OCN, CMS-RN; Rachael Munro, BSN, RN, CPN; Marcy Snyder, MSN, RN, CCRN-P; and Paula Wiles, RN, RNC-OB. The team works under the direction of Ali Ahmad, M.D., and the leadership of Mariah Hesse, BSN, RNCENP, interim Chief Nursing Officer and Patient Care Services Director.

“Our DAISY Award nominees personify the remarkable patient experience at Sparrow Clinton Hospital,” said Sparrow Clinton Hospital President Beth Daugherty, BSN, MPH, RN, CRRN. “These nurses exemplify the very best standards of advocacy, dedication, resourcefulness, and excellence. They are fine examples of the quality nursing care that earned this hospital its Pathway to Excellence designation.”

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Nurses are nominated for the award by their Patients and Patients’ families.
Sparrow Clinton Hospital honors two Nurses each year as DAISY Award winners. In addition, a DAISY Team Award is presented as recognition is merited.

To nominate an exceptional Sparrow Clinton Nurse or Nursing Team, complete and return a form from one of the DAISY Foundation displays at the hospital.

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