Awards, Reed City Hospital

Compassionate care honored with DAISY and BEE Awards

DAISY Award recipient Kristan Shoemaker, RN, at right.

REED CITY, Mich., April 26, 2022 – Two Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital nurses were recognized with DAISY and BEE Awards for their nursing excellence and compassionate care during ceremonies April 25.

Kristan Shoemaker, RN, an emergency department nurse, was nominated for a DAISY Award by a colleague who became a patient and needed care.

“My nurse was so caring, I never had to ask for anything,” the nomination read. “She was very thorough, and I felt that she truly listened to me and eased my anxiety with her kindness and thoughtful care. Luckily, my tests were negative for anything serious. Since then, every time I see her, she stops and asks me how I am doing, which just proves what a wonderful, caring person she is. She is an exceptional nurse, and I am thankful she was mine that day. Reed City is very lucky to have her on their team.”

Jackie Carmoney, a certified nurse assistant at the hospital’s rehabilitation and nursing center, was nominated for a BEE Award by a resident.

“She goes above and beyond to help patients,” the resident said of Carmoney. “When I first arrived at the RNC, she worked the night shift. As busy as she was helping others and her other duties, she took the time to help me get comfortable in bed with pillows packed in, so my broken ribs didn’t hurt so much and did not leave until I was okay to sleep. She never made me feel like she was too busy to help me.”

Both Shoemaker and Carmoney received flowers, pins and certificates during the ceremonies and Shoemaker received a “healer’s touch” statue that is given to each DAISY Award recipient.

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.

Big Rapids and Reed City 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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