Sparrow honors 2012 Nurses of the Year

Published: May 11, 2012

More than a dozen Sparrow Nurses were given special recognition for extraordinary care and service as part of Nurses Week activities this week.

The Nurses are among the more than 2,000 at Sparrow who are the heart and soul of Sparrow's Patient care and experience. Those Nurses have led the way for Sparrow to be among only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing achievement and excellence.

They have also helped Sparrow achieve the honor of being named one of the best-performing health systems in the nation by Thomson Reuters and Modern Healthcare.

Okemos resident Wendy Kushion, who retired last year after years as a leading advocate for diabetes Patients, received Sparrow Nursing's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Connie Botke, of DeWitt, an Intensive Care Unit Nurse known for promoting Nursing education and for her tireless work for her Patients, received Sparrow's highest Nursing honor, the Jean Granger Award.

In addition, 11 Nurses were selected as Nurses of the Year in their specialty areas. Those Nurses are:

· Toni Cutcher, of Williamston, Behaviorial Health

· Heidi Elliott, of Okemos, Professional Support

· Paige Harakas, of Fowlerville, Critical Care/Stepdown

· Angela Hufnagel, of Fowler, Practice/Affiliates

· Marcy Kavo, of St. Johns, Women's/Children's

· Troy Latunski, of Charlotte, Emergency Department

· Lori Meaton, of St. Johns, Management

· Kim Richardson, of Byron, Perioperative

· Penny Stevens, of East Lansing, Advanced Practice

· Danielle Williams, of DeWitt, Med/Surgical

· Trish Wiseman, of St. Johns, Hospice/Homecare

For more information, call John Foren at 517.364.2207.