(Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Owosso, MI) – Memorial Healthcare is delighted to announce Sherry Jungerheld, Registered Nurse, in its Behavioral Health Unit as its very first recipient of the nationally recognized DAISY Award. Sherry was recognized with the DAISY Award for going above and beyond to deliver safe and compassionate care to a suicidal patient.
“The DAISY Award is one of the most prestigious awards a nurse can receive. It is an honor to present this award to Sherry; her nomination story was touching. I look forward to honoring many of the amazing nurses at Memorial Healthcare for years to come with the DAISY award.” said Tyler Yaklin, MBA, BNS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, and Associate Vice President of Patient Care Services.
Sherry received this award based on the following nomination story, “First of all, I was feeling very suicidal, so I made a call to the stress until and the nurse talked with me and convinced me to call an ambulance. She not only saved my life, but my stay consisted of being in the hospital for Easter Sunday. The nurse went out of her way to make sure every patient had a surprise to wake up to, an Easter basket full of candy! You could tell she put a lot of work into making sure everyone who had to be there had a good day. She deserves this and she is very special!”
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate, and skillful care given by nurses every day. Nurses are nominated by their patients and patients’ families. DAISY Award nominations are accepted all year long and can be made here or in person at the hospital’s main campus.
Sherry was presented with a certificate of recognition, a DAISY pin, and an incredible serpentine stone sculpture carved by the artists of the Shona Tribe located in Zimbabwe, Africa. This sculpture is known as the “Healer’s Touch” and it portrays the embracing relationship nurses have with their patients.
“Be the nurse you want to be and the one you know the patients deserves,” said Sherry. I try to live by this each and every day I’m on the unit. At times, I’ve felt my profession, as a psychiatric nurse, is often overlooked and undervalued. Receiving this award is validation that I am truly making a difference and I’m so thankful.”