Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Sparrow Ionia Hospital names two DAISY Award recipients
IONIA, MI – Sparrow Ionia Hospital has honored two extraordinary nurses, Krista Hardy, RN, and Casie Lambert, RN, with the DAISY Award in recognition of their patient-centered approach to care.
Hardy, a nurse in Medical/Surgical Department, has worked at Sparrow Ionia since August 2019. She lives in Carson City with her family.
“Kristi is always upbeat. She has a wonderful way to help comfort patients while they are here,” said Steve Dexter, BSN, RN, manager of the Med/Surg Dept.
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is a national program created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died in 1999 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP, at age 33. His family was overwhelmed by the skillful and compassionate nurses who cared for him, and the DAISY Foundation and Award were created as an expression of their gratitude.
Hardy and Lambert received a certificate, a DAISY pin, a beautiful stone sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture depicts the embracing relationship nurses have with their patients.
Other nominees included: Grace Heinlen, RN, Med/Surg; Tammy Krausz, RN, Med/Surg; Cara Miller, RN, Med/Surg; Courtney Pett, BSN, RN, Surgery Department; Heidi Smith, BSN, RN, Surgery Department; Justin Thomas, BSN, RN, Surgery Department; and Lois Wilbur, RN, Emergency Department.
Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit Sparrow.org.