Congratulations to Our Bronson Methodist Hospital Nurses’ Week Award Winners!
From May 6 to 12, Bronson celebrated Nurses’ Week. The week recognizes the important role nurses play in patient care, and thanks them for their hard work and dedication. Special activities were held across the Bronson system, including a celebration to honor nurses who have gone above-and-beyond in the past year. These exceptional nurses practice Bronson Positivity every day and make special connections with patients and families. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! They are just a few of our amazing employees who make Bronson a great place to work and receive care.
Seven Bronson Methodist Hospital (BMH) nurses were recognized with Excellence in Nursing Awards during the celebration in Kalamazoo. These nurses were nominated and selected for the awards by their peers.
- Danielle Chappa, BSN, RN, is a nurse in the trauma care unit (TCU). She is the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Expertise Award. “With over 15 years of patient care experience, Danielle exudes critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a love for professional development. Even during intense situations, she is able to remain calm and cool, which sets the tone for everyone else.” Read Danielle’s full nomination letter.
- Justine Hageman, BSN, RN, is a nurse in the trauma care unit (TCU). She is the recipient of the Nursing Rising Star Award. “In the TCU, it’s not uncommon to experience intense, tough situations with our patients. Even for the most seasoned nurses, these situations can be challenging to navigate. Justine does not lose her cool, maintains a level head and a positive attitude. She is able to think critically under pressure in a way only an up-and-comer could. Her performance in instances of extreme stress is definitely that of a star.” Read Justine’s full nomination letter.
- Judy Martin, RN-BC, is a nurse in the acute medical unit (AMU). She is the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Respect Award. “I am often amazed with Judy's ability to make individual connections and develop therapeutic relationships with a diverse spectrum of patients. She has a finely tuned sensitivity to identify and respect a patient's particular need at a particular point in time, even when a patient cannot communicate that need.” Read Judy’s full nomination letter.
- Lise Pratt, BSN, RN, is a nurse in the trauma care unit (TCU). She is the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Pride Award. “Lise is someone who builds relationships, has sound critical thinking skills, doesn’t pass judgement on her peers, and is willing to make sacrifices for the good of the unit. She is sought out for problem solving and will never make you feel like you are asking a stupid question. She has worked with countless nurses, seen several changes in leadership, created bonds with physicians, and made life-long friends. She isn’t your typical cheerleader, but she has more pride in nursing and her profession than anyone I know.” Read Lise’s full nomination letter.
- Lyndsey Vlietstra, BSN, RN, is a nurse in the admission unit (AU). She is the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Impact Award. “When Lyndsey is in charge, she keeps the 'ship' running smoothly, no matter how rough the waters. Patients and their families are treated with compassion and are included in planning their care and are kept informed. She leads by example, demonstrates extreme competence not only providing care to our patients but also working with her coworkers.” Read Lyndsey’s full nomination letter.
- Bethany Werme, BSN, RN, is a nurse in the medical intensive care unit (MICU). She is the recipient of the Nursing Leadership Award. “Bethany is the epitome of teamwork. She always jumps in and helps without being asked. This helps support the team during busy nights. She is a patient advocate and always steps up to ensure the patient has the correct plan of care, not just the easy option.” Read Bethany’s full nomination letter.
- Renee Wright, RN, is a nurse in the acute medical unit (AMU). She is the recipient of the Hazel Latondress Compassion Award. “Renee is a nurse that defines compassion. She listens to others, advocates for her patients, promotes patient- and family-centered care, and exercises patience. Known for her listening skills, she ensures everyone around her is heard and understood. Because of this, Renee is able to meet many of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of her patients.” Read Renee’s full nomination letter.
Additionally, BMH recognized the trauma care unit (TCU) with the annual DAISY Team award. This award is given to a nurse-led team who has gone above the call of duty to ensure the best possible care experience for a patient or family. In September 2018, a family was losing their young son to a tragic accident. When the patient’s nurses found out about the young patients’ love of Star Wars, the team rushed to get a Build-A-Bear created and dressed in a Star Wars outfit. Then, they recorded the child’s heartbeat and “performed surgery” to put the recorder into the bear before delivering it to the grieving family. The parents and siblings of the passing child were incredibly appreciative of the kind gesture that will now be able to remember their son in a special way. Read the full story now.