Surgery Department Nurse receives Sparrow Ionia DAISY Award

Sparrow Ionia Hospital DAISY Award winner Courtney Pett (center) is recognized by (from left) Sparrow Ionia President Linda Reetz and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Harris.

Published: July 29, 2020

IONIA, MI – Sparrow Ionia Hospital has honored Nurse Courtney Pett, BSN, RN, with a DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses in recognition of her patient-centered approach to care.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day.

Pett, who works in Sparrow Ionia’s Surgery Department, was lauded for her professional and positive attitude, and always being willing to help wherever there is a need. Patients were quick to comment that she helped them relax before surgery and was helpful through their whole procedure.

“Courtney is a great nurse who puts her patients’ priorities above her own. She is very deserving of this, and I am so happy she’s part of our great surgical team,” said Matt Gerred, BSN, RN, Manager of Surgical Services.

Pett was presented the award in a recent ceremony. She has been employed at Sparrow Ionia since October 2016 and lives in the Lyons/Muir area with her husband and three children.

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 in gratitude.

Pett received a certificate, a DAISY pin, and 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 were: May Finos, BSN, RN, Surgery Department; Brooke Jackson, RN, Med/Surg; Shannon Jones, BSN, RN, Infusion/Oncology Department; Cara Miller, RN, Med/Surg; Hally Reule, RN, Med/Surg; Terri Rowley, RN, Surgery Department; and Victoria Stiffler, RN, Emergency Department.


Sparrow Ionia Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System. As Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia, and St. Johns, 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