Bronson Methodist Hospital Nurses Receive DAISY Award

Published on April 15, 2015

Bronson Methodist Hospital Nurses Receive DAISY Award

Three Bronson Methodist Hospital nurses are recent recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Kathryn Gross, BSN, RN; Michelle Harper, RN; and Sherri Bumgarner, RN, each received a DAISY Award for providing outstanding patient care. Nurses are nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, family members and colleagues.

Gross, a nurse from the Neurocritical Care Unit was nominated by a colleague for her compassion and efforts that go above and beyond. The co-worker recounted how Gross cared for an 18-year old stroke patient who was in a coma for several days. The patient’s mother traveled from Detroit to be with her daughter. The mom struggled to leave her daughter alone at night while she stayed at the nearby Hospital Hospitality House. Gross reassured her that her daughter would not be alone and that her care team would always be close by. The nurse not only ensured that the patient was well taken care of, but also was a big comfort to the mom throughout the difficult time. Gross is credited for truly demonstrating the meaning of patient and family-centered care.

Harper, a nurse from the Neurovascular Unit, was nominated by the daughter of a patient. The patient had been rushed to the emergency department and was admitted for a few days. “Michelle explained each and every thing and proceeded with kindness I haven’t seen before,” the daughter shared. “She is one of the most professional and caring nurses I have ever come in contact with.” Harper was able to put the patient at ease. She explained what to expect and what kind of testing would be done. “Michelle Harper should not only win the DAISY Award, but a national nurses’ award.”

Bumgarner, a nurse from the Labor and Delivery Unit, was nominated for her ability to provide comfort and excellent patient and family-centered care during a difficult time. “Sherri cared for us many times. She was a great nurse during our stay, but it was on the night that we lost [our daughter] that she shined. Those were the worst hours of our entire lives and she did her job with such grace.” The family says Bumgarner supported and cared for them not only as a nurse, but also as a friend. “We are so thankful that she was there to care for us that night when we most needed it.”

The DAISY Award is supported by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes created this foundation and award as a way to remember their son, J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick had a disease that attacked his body and was in the hospital for a long time. His nurses did such a great job with him that the Barnes family created an award that continues to recognize the excellent work nurses do every day.

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Photo 1: Kathryn Gross, BSN, RN
Photo 2: Michelle Harper, RN
Photo 3: Sherri Bumgarner, RN

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