Awards, United Hospital

Compassionate care honored with DAISY and BEE Awards

Spectrum Health United Hospital nurse and nurse tech recognized.

GREENVILLE, Mich., May 28, 2021 – Spectrum Health United Hospital inpatient unit nurse Nikki Sias, RN, was recognized with a DAISY Award for nursing excellence after being nominated by a recent patient.

Therese Alt, director of nursing at United and Kelsey Hospitals, read Sias’s nomination at the award ceremony May 27.

“I had the great fortune to be a patient of Nikki,” the nomination began. “She attended to my every need with compassion and was always cheerful and positive. She always had a positive word. During my three-day stay she would pop in to say hello even though she wasn’t my nurse that particular day. Nikki wears the title of RN nurse with pride, and it truly shows in her efforts. Spectrum Health is very fortunate to have her on your staff.”

Joining Sias in receiving accolades was Kelly Becker, a United Hospital emergency department nurse technician.

Becker received the BEE Award after she was nominated by a colleague—emergency room nurse Lauren Willard.

In her nomination, Willard described how Becker brought to her attention that a recent patient was exhibiting stroke-like symptoms which led to a correct diagnosis and timely care.

“Based on Kelly’s quick recognition and assessment skills, care was not delayed for the patient,” the nomination read.

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

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


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