Sparrow Carson Hospital Names 2023 Nurse of the Year

Published: May 12, 2023

CARSON CITY, MI – In honor of National Nurses Week, Sparrow Carson Hospital recognized Medical Surgical Services nurse Jodie Diaz, RN, as its 2023 Nurse of the Year for her dedication to providing quality, compassionate care to patients.

Diaz has been at Sparrow Carson for nearly 28 years and is an inspiration to her fellow co-workers with her work ethic, nursing skills, and kindness to everyone she encounters. According to her nomination, Diaz goes above and beyond to make her patients feel like they are her only priority. During uncertain times, she is even known to sing with patients to help them feel at ease.

“She is a cornerstone to the Med/Surg Unit. She represents the best in best practice and is a shining example of a standout nurse,” said Stacey Snyder, Medical Surgical Services Nursing Manager. “We are grateful to her and the expertise she brings to her patients, patient families and to the other staff. She makes a difference in so many lives every day.”

Jodie Diaz 2023 Carson Nurse of the Year

Sparrow Carson Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Monte Malek; Sparrow Carson Hospital Nurse of the Year Jodie Diaz, RN; Stacey Snyder, RN, Medial Surgical Manager; Sparrow Carson President Mark Brisboe.

Diaz is also credited with being a great mentor and coach to fellow nurses and uses every situation as a learning moment.

“She has helped us mentor so many of our new nurses so that the hometown feeling of patient care is a standard of care for Sparrow Carson,” said Monte Malek, Sparrow Carson Hospital Chief Nursing Officer. “Our community is blessed to have a nurse of Jodi’s caliber supporting our family and friends.

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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