DAISY Award Winners at Munson Medical Center

Munson Medical Center is proud to have caring nurses that go the extra mile. These nurses who have won the DAISY Award exemplify the outstanding quality that nurses at Munson Healthcare strive for every day.

Erica Griffiths, RN, CMSRN received The Daisy Award in 2019 at Munson Medical Center

Former B3S nurse Erica Griffiths, RN, CMSRN, made Mother’s Day 2019 something special for patient Mary Ellen Beasley.

Beasley had been in the hospital for a couple of days already and was facing a surgical procedure without her family at her side. Her overall nursing care had been great, but she said one nurse stood out to her – Griffiths. She came into her room with a smile and a message as she was taken to surgery: “We will be you family today.” When she returned, Beasley found her patient board had a special message: “Welcome back! Happy Mother’s Day. We love you! You’ve got this!”

The Manistee-area patient said the words meant more than Griffiths could know with her family unable to be with her that day. “This is one of the most touching things and it made me cry,” she said. “I definitely gained another family that day. This nurse will forever be my sister.”

Griffiths, who now works at Foster Family Health Care Center in the Pain Procedures Clinic, said the award reinforces her decision years ago to become a nurse.

“I’m very honored. I want to take care of people,” she said. “People trust me to take of them in their darkest times. I don’t take that lightly.”

Tunie Fliss, RN, B3, and Jill Lueck, RN, PACU, received The Daisy Award in 2017 at Munson Medical Center

Tunie was nominated by the wife of her patient’s roommate. Her patient did not have family present to help him cope with a poor diagnosis. “Tunie kept showing her concern for him even while caring for her other patients. She told the man she had to clock out, but she came back and held his hand and talked quietly to him. At 9 pm, I left and she was still in the room. That is true dedication to each individual.”

Tunie said she was “honored and humbled” by the recognition. “What I appreciate most is how much I love working with the staff on B3. They are some of my closest friends. We know how to have a good time, we have a lot of laughs, and I know the B3 team has my back.”

Jill was recognized by a patient who was very apprehensive about a brachytherapy procedure.

“She was exceptionally nice, considerate and professional. She mentioned that the anesthesiology people assigned to me were top-notch. I began to feel relaxed and upbeat and I was actually looking forward to getting on with the procedure. I felt that she truly cared about me and my time here; so please thank her for me. I could not have hoped for better pre-op care than what I received today.”

Jill has worked at Munson Medical Center for 19 years and said she loves making a difference in peoples’ lives. And, she appreciates her coworkers. “The team I work with is great. I always know who I can count on and resources available.”