Sparrow Carson Hospital names Nurses of the Year

Published: May 16, 2022

CARSON CITY, MI – Sparrow Carson Hospital named two outstanding nurses as its 2022 Nurses of the Year and celebrated its caregivers for their many accomplishments while fighting a pandemic.

The honorees, Nathan MacLaren, RN, of the Emergency Department, and Jeremy Steere, RN, Medical Surgical Services, were both worthy of the award because of their exemplary dedication to Sparrow Carson and the excellent patient care they provide every shift, said Chief Nursing Officer Monte Malek.

Emergency Department Manager Julie Noreen said, “Nathan is truly a nurse to admire. He is a wonderful role model in his nursing career and in life, a true provider in every sense of the word.” MacLaren has been at Sparrow Carson for 15 years and sets the bar high for fellow co-workers with his work ethic, skills and compassion.
Medical Surgical Services Manager Stacey Snyder noted that “Steere is an integral part of the nursing team on nights and just celebrated 20 years of service at Sparrow Carson.” His nomination noted his quick critical thinking, confidence in any situation, kindness to patients and co-workers, and what an asset he is as an all-around team leader.

Sparrow Carson Nurse of the Year 2022

Celebrating Sparrow Carson’s two Nurses of the Year are (from left) Sparrow Carson President Mark Brisboe; honoree Jeremy Steere, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; honoree Nathan MacLaren, RN, Emergency Department; Kira Carter Robertson, Sparrow Health System senior vice president of Regional Hospitals; and Monte Malek, Sparrow Carson chief nursing officer. 

Sparrow Carson President Mark Brisboe noted in his Nurses Week speech that Sparrow Carson caregivers provided each other support and encouragement to remain strong during the past difficult year. He also noted that during a time of uncertainty in healthcare, Sparrow Carson caregivers dug in deeper and pulled together for the community. They picked up extra shifts, cross trained so they could help their co-workers and remained standing tall to provide the best care for a community that counts on Sparrow Carson.

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Sparrow Health System is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit