Sparrow Ionia Hospital Honors 2023 Nurse of the Year

Published: May 11, 2023

IONIA, MI – Medical Surgical nurse Tanya Koetje, BSN, RN, has been selected as Sparrow Ionia Hospital’s 2023 Nurse of the Year.

Koetje – a caregiver at Sparrow Ionia since 1992 – was nominated by her colleagues for demonstrating the true meaning of compassion: listening to her patients, taking action to help, and advocating for their needs.

“Tanya is an example of a compassionate, caring, kind, intelligent nurse in which we recognize and salute,” said Sally Fox, Sparrow Ionia Hospital Medical Surgical/Special Care Unit Manager. “Tanya is someone who writes the book of empathy and compassion. Having Tanya on our team helps our hospital fulfill our mission to care for every patient, every time.”

Koetje, an evening shift nurse, is often recognized by fellow caregivers for her strong work ethic and willingness to help her colleagues whenever needed.

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

Ionia 2023 Nurse of the Year - Tanya Koetje

Sparrow Ionia Hospital Nurse of the Year Tanya Koetje (center) is shown with (from left) Director of Operations Steve Dexter, MSN, RN, CNRN; Sparrow Ionia Hospital Medical Surgical/Special Care Unit Manager Sally Fox, BSN, RN; Kira Carter Robertson, Sparrow Health System senior vice president of Regional Hospitals; and Sparrow Ionia Hospital Chief Nursing Office Lisa Harris, MSN, BSN, RN.

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Sparrow Ionia Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System. As Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the 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