E.W. Sparrow honors Compassionate Caregiver with DAISY Award

Published: September 13, 2022

LANSING, MI – E.W. Sparrow Hospital Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Cindy Meteyer has been recognized with the DAISY Award for going above and beyond to deliver compassionate care to twin 10-year-old boys receiving their COVID vaccinations. 

The patients have high needle anxiety and Meteyer went out of her way to be at each appointment  and to make the boys feel safe and comfortable while receiving their COVID shots.  “I couldn’t be more grateful to Cindy for her kindness, generosity, compassion, and so much more for my boys,” the patient’s mother said in nominating Meteyer for the award. “She is a rock star in our books.”

Meteyer, part of Sparrow’s Hematology/Oncology Service, works with highly skilled physicians to provide leading-edge medicine to local children with cancer and blood disorders.  She also organizes the annual Sparrow Children’s Center Hair-a-Thon, which will be held this weekend for the eighth year, and provides patient, family, and staff education.

Cindy Meteyer, Daisy Award - Group Photo

E.W. Sparrow Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner Cindy Meteyer (middle) poses with her DAISY Award, flanked by (from left) EWSH Chief Nursing Officer Amy Brown; and Denny Martin, D.O., EWSH Interim President.

Cindy Meteyer, NP - Daisy Award

E.W. Sparrow Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner Cindy Meteyer displays her DAISY Award for outstanding nursing.

“Cindy works diligently to make sure her patients and their family’s needs are met,” said Kathy Marble, Nursing Director for Pediatric Services. “I’m so proud of Cindy and congratulate her on receiving the DAISY Award.”

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 by their patients and patients’ families. DAISY Award nominations are accepted at Sparrow throughout the year.

Meteyer received a certificate of recognition, a DAISY pin to wear at work, and beautiful serpentine stone sculpture carved by the artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The “Healer’s Touch” sculpture depicts the embracing relationship nurses have with their patients.

“Receiving the DAISY Award is a tremendous honor and I will strive to live up to its high standards in my nursing practice,” Meteyer said. “I also want to thank my nominator, Erin West, and her boys for reminding us that the things we think of as ordinary can be extraordinary for the families we serve. “

To learn more about the DAISY Award, go to Sparrow.org/DAISY.


Sparrow Health System is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. 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.