DAISY Award Winner: Julie Stewart, March 2015

April 20, 2015 5:34 pm

Congratulations to Julie Stewart, RN, Emergency Department, for receiving the DAISY Award for March 2015 at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Stewart was nominated by a fellow nurse for a situation during Thanksgiving:


Julie Stewart, RN, signing the DAISY banner.

“On Thanksgiving Day, a patient came into the Emergency Department from a local mission. The patient had recently moved to Grand Rapids from Florida to get a new start and was homeless. This patient did not have any winter clothes, including boots or gloves. She was very cold; all of her extremities were very cool to the touch. Staff searched the Emergency Department for any extra boots or gloves, but we had none.

Word got around the unit. After Julie was done with her shift, she went to Meijer and purchased this patient a pair of warm boots, thick socks and gloves. Julie then came all the way back to give these items to the patient. No one had asked Julie to do this; she did this because of her genuine care for the wellbeing of patients that she cares for.

It is amazing that Julie took time out of her holiday, away from her family, and personal income to make sure that a patient ─ someone that Julie does not know and may not see again ─ has warm clothes, boots and gloves to handle this harsh Michigan winter. It takes a very caring and compassionate nurse and person to perform this act of kindness.”

What a truly inspirational story! Congratulations to Stewart on her nominations and outstanding care!



A group photo of the Emergency Department staff.


Cheryl DeKruyter

Way to go Julie! Thanks for your compassion to our patients.

Sister Rosita Schiller

Julie, what a compassionate act of Mercy! I'm proud of the work you do in our ED. This story of your Thanksgiving act of kindless was likely not an isolated incident. It came from your heart which is deeply steeped in love and mercy -- integral to your very being. Thank you for being one of the outstanding nurses at Saint Mary's.

Sueann Unger

So deserving of the award! Great story Julie!

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