Awards, United Hospital

Compassionate care honored with DAISY and BEE Awards

Spectrum Health United Hospital nurse, environmental services tech recognized.

Monica Gyurenk, RN

GREENVILLE, Mich., January 12, 2021 – Spectrum Health United Hospital labor and delivery nurse Monica Gyurenk, RN, was recognized with a DAISY Award for nursing excellence Monday after being nominated by a newborn’s parents.

Gyurenk was the couple’s nurse for the birth of their two daughters, born two years apart.

Kourtney Quinn, obstetrics department nurse manager, read Gyurenk’s nomination at the award ceremony on Monday, Jan. 12.

“Not only was Monica a great nurse when my first daughter was born, but to still have her loving and caring support when my second daughter was born was truly a godsend,” the nomination read. “Monica is meant to be a labor and delivery nurse. Her wise advice has helped us throughout our journey as new and old parents. I love all the labor and delivery nurses. Monica is truly one of the best. To not have the amount of stress that I thought I was going to have with this labor due to the pandemic has been wonderful. It seems that within two years all she did was get wiser and kinder. We are very grateful to have someone so compassionate and understanding as Monica.”

Joining Gyurenk’s in receiving accolades Monday was Renee Durant, a United Hospital environmental services technician.

Durant received the BEE Award after she was nominated by Quinn.

“I have nominated Renee for the BEE Award for all the help she gives our nurses and techs and the amazing job she does for our patients,” Quinn said. “She is always questioning and willing to help make things better and cleaner.”

Gyurenk and Durant received pins, flowers and certificates at the quarterly DAISY and BEE Award ceremony to recognize excellent performance.

The awards are given based on nominations from patients, community members and colleagues.

The award program was adopted from The DAISY Award, an international program established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family was deeply appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created an award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

United and Kelsey Hospitals have expanded the recognition program to include the BEE award, open to all clinical and non-clinical employees, in addition to nurses.

Nominations are open for any Spectrum Health employee who regularly goes above and beyond in creating a meaningful experience for patients.

Nomination forms can be found at any Spectrum Health facility or submitted online at:


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