Sparrow Ionia Honors Nurses with DAISY Awards

Published: February 5, 2024

IONIA, MI – Sparrow Ionia Hospital recently honored a caregiver and our highly skilled infusion center team with DAISY Awards for their compassionate care for patients.

Medical surgical nurse Amber Dobbrastine, RN, was named DAISY Award honoree based on a several patient nominations describing her as attentive and informative and explaining that she “went over and above to make sure patients were taken care of.” Dobbrastine has worked at Sparrow Ionia since 2022.

Ionia Amber Dobbrastine DAISY Award, February 2024

Medical surgical nurse Amber Dobbrastine was honored as Sparrow Ionia Hospital’s DAISY Award recipient.

Ionia Infusion Team DAISY Award, February 2024

Sparrow Ionia infusion center caregivers were recognized with the DAISY Team award for their devotion to patient care and comfort.

“Amber is always willing to help her team and is the first person in the room when another nurse needs assistance,” said Sally Fox, BSN, RN, medical surgical manager for Sparrow Ionia Hospital. “Patients often comment on how compassionate Amber is, not only to them, but to their families and her fellow caregivers.”

Sparrow Ionia infusion center caregivers received a DAISY Team Award after being nominated by a patient who said they could feel the team’s kindness the minute the door to the infusion center opens. The patient stated the team is helpful in answering questions and devoted to patient’s health, comfort and safety.

“The infusion center team is deserving of this award, as they are observed frequently going above and beyond for their patients,” said Sparrow Ionia Chief Nursing Officer Tiffany Friar, RN, DNP, MBA, RHCNOC. “They provide an environment that the team has dedicated their nursing passion towards, to provide compassionate, high-quality care tailored to each patient and family. The team is dedicated to improving every patient’s health through caring for the whole person.”

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate, and skillful care given by nurses every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Award is a national program created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died in 1999 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP, at age 33. His family was overwhelmed by the skillful and compassionate nurses who cared for him, and the DAISY Foundation and award were created as an expression of their gratitude.

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Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ioniav and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is part of University of Michigan Health. Through 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