Sparrow Ionia Hospital ED Caregiver named Nurse of the Year

Published: May 12, 2022

IONIA, MI – Emergency Department nurse Jodi Church, BSN, RN, has been selected as Sparrow Ionia Hospital’s 2022 Nurse of the Year.

Church – a caregiver at Sparrow Ionia since 2019 – was nominated by her colleagues for her positive attitude and continually going above and beyond to provide quality patient care.

“Jodi is hard working, caring, and compassionate. She works hard as a patient advocate to ensure her patients receive excellent care,” said Tara Lanz, BSN, RN, Emergency Department manager. “Jodi is always willing to go above and beyond to help the team with the tasks at hand. We are honored and thankful to have Jodi on our team, here at Sparrow Ionia Hospital.” 

As a sign of unyielding advocacy, Church strives to continue her nursing education. She recently took the initiative to volunteer to become a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse when she realized there were no specific nurses in the area for sexual assault victims. She also recently completed her BSN from Ferris State University.

Church is often recognized by fellow caregivers for her willingness to help whenever needed and her consistent desire to put her patients first.

Ionia Nurse of the Year 2022

Sparrow Ionia Hospital Nurse of the Year Jodi Church (second from right) is shown with (from left) Director of Operations Steve Dexter, MSN, RN, CNRN; Sparrow Ionia President Linda Reetz, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC; and Emergency Department Manager Tara Lanz, BSN, RN.

Sparrow Ionia Hospital congratulates Church, and all nurses, for their dedication and commitment to extraordinary patient care.


Sparrow 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, Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. 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