Sparrow Eaton honors Nurse with First-Ever DAISY Award

Published: November 29, 2022

CHARLOTTE, MI – Sparrow Eaton Hospital has honored a highly skilled nurse with its first-ever DAISY Award after she comforted an autistic child uneasy about undergoing surgery.

Surgery Nurse Emily Bradford, RN, was named the DAISY Award honoree based on a nomination from a family member of a patient for her compassion and attentiveness to the autistic child. Bradford, who has worked at Sparrow Eaton since 2016, was recognized for her compassionate care, outstanding nursing skills, and always putting patients first.

“Emily exudes patience, understanding and empathy with every patient she cares for,” said Sparrow Eaton Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Tiffany Friar, DNP, MBA, RN. “She is joyful and reliable and her team genuinely adores working alongside her. We are incredibly lucky to have nurses like Emily on our local team.”

Sparrow Eaton DAISY Award, Nov 2022

Emily Bradford, RN (fifth from left), is honored as Sparrow Eaton Hospital’s first-ever DAISY Award recipient. Attending the ceremony were (far left) SEH Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Tiffany Friar, RN, DNP, MBA and Sparrow Eaton Surgical caregivers.

The DAISY Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. After Patrick’s passing, The DAISY Foundation and The DAISY Award (named as an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) were created to give patients, families and co-workers an easy way to express gratitude for nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate care. 

Bradford received certificates, a DAISY pin, a bouquet of daisies, and a beautiful stone sculpture known as “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists in Zimbabwe. The sculpture depicts the embracing relationship nurses have with their patients.

Sparrow Eaton Hospital encourages anyone who wants to thank a nurse for the care they received – or in honor of the care a loved one received – to nominate them for a DAISY award. Awards will be presented twice annually.

For more information or to nominate a nurse, visit


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

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