Sparrow Clinton Hospital Names 2023 Nurse of the Year

Published: May 12, 2023

ST. JOHNS, MI – Sparrow Clinton Hospital is celebrating its highly skilled surgical nurse Robert Beals, RN, for his selflessness and providing compassionate care to patients.

Beals has been on the Sparrow Clinton Surgical Services team since February 2020. He’s considered by his peers as a leader who has taken on multiple tasks and responsibilities, and “is the guy” who knows where everything is in the department.

“Rob demonstrates professionalism, respect, teamwork, and compassion to his patients, their families, and his colleagues,” says Sparrow Clinton Chief Nursing Officer Mariah Hesse, BSN, RN, CENP. “Rob has received many DAISY nominations for his nursing practice which demonstrates how he goes above and beyond for his patients. He brings a positive attitude and strong leadership skills to his department and to our hospital every day.”

Robert Beals - Clinton Hospital 2023 Nurse of the Year

Sparrow Clinton Hospital Nurse of the Year Robert Beals, RN (left) with nominating nurse Cynthia Bush, BSN, RN.

Beals takes pride in providing the best possible care to his patients, close to home.

“I enjoy making sure that our community has an exceptional place to have a lot of procedures done. There are a lot of people who can’t or don’t want to go to Lansing for their care.”

Sparrow Clinton Hospital appreciates his willingness to help others and serve the community.

“If you took the time to look up specific qualities that every great nurse has, Rob exhibits each and every one of them,” said Surgical Services manager Lea Curtiss, BSN, RN. “He is caring, communicates well, has empathy, is detail oriented, has excellent problem-solving skills, uses humor in his daily practice, is committed to every patient as well as his team, uses critical thinking in his daily practice, is compassionate, is dependable, and a leader in both word and deed. This honor is well deserved, and we are extremely grateful he is a part of our Surgical Services team.”

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