Awards, Pennock Hospital

Compassionate care honored with DAISY Award

Corewell Health Pennock Hospital nurse recognized by patient.

L to R: Steve Marzolf, chief nursing officer, Stacey Jones, nursing manager, Aiyana Higbee, RN and Chari Kemp, clinical nursing director

Aiyana Higbee, RN, Corewell Health™ Pennock Hospital, formerly Spectrum Health Pennock, was honored as a DAISY Award® recipient during a quarterly award ceremony Monday, Nov. 21.

Higbee, a nurse in the inpatient unit, was nominated by a recent patient for her attentive and compassionate care.

“Aiyana spent over 45 minutes in my room answering every question I had regarding my new diabetes diagnosis,” the nomination read. “She explained why medications were being given and took time to help me calm down from a near panic attack when it was clear my glucose levels were not reacting right. She took time from her busy schedule to talk and, more importantly, to listen and reassure. She was a blessing and spotlight in my darkness and fear.”

Higbee received flowers, a pin, certificate and a “healer’s touch” statue that is given to each DAISY Award recipient.

The DAISY Award program was adopted from the 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. This award program was created to say thank you and honor nurses for the super-human work they do for patients and families every day.

Nominations are open for any registered nurse at Corewell Health Pennock Hospital 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 Corewell Health facility or submitted online at

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