Sparrow Ionia Hospital names Fletcher Nurse of the Year

Sparrow Ionia Hospital Nurse of the Year Samantha Fletcher (second from left) is shown with (from left) Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Harris, MSN, RN; Tara Lanz, BSN, RN, Emergency Department manager; and Sparrow Ionia President Linda Reetz, MBA, BSN, RN.

Published: May 18, 2020

IONIA, MI – Emergency Department nurse Samantha Fletcher, BSN, RN, has been selected as Sparrow Ionia Hospital’s 2020 Nurse of the Year.

Fletcher – a caregiver at Sparrow Ionia since 2013 – was nominated by her peers and hailed as having “an exceptional understanding of the community around her” and a “beacon of knowledge.”

“Sam has a unique way of finding the smallest light in a dark situation,” said one nomination form. “When the sickest of patients arrive, Sam is always the first one in the room.”

She was described as a joyful presence in a sometimes-tense atmosphere who made sure a recent surplus of money was spent on toys for children who might be afraid of the Emergency Department.

Fletcher was also noted as being an excellent role model for other nurses and an unyielding advocate for patients who makes sure they have the necessary resources when they are discharged.

For being Nurse of the Year, Fletcher received a gift bag filled with lots of goodies, along with a bouquet of flowers.

Sparrow Ionia Hospital congratulates Fletcher, and all of our nurses, for their dedication and commitment to extraordinary Patient care.



Sparrow Ionia Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network. As mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City, as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, 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