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Lake Michigan College Alumnus Recognized with Extraordinary Nurse Award

Michael MacKay, BSN, RNDecember 18, 2013

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Michael MacKay, BSN, RN is the recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC).  The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

MacKay earned his registered nurse degree with honors from Lake Michigan College in 2009 and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Kaplan University.  He is also a hospital corpsman 1st class in the United States Navy Reserve.

“We’re very proud of our extraordinary nursing alumni,” stated LMC’s Nursing Program Director Delores Jackson. “It is exciting when one of them receives this kind of national recognition for delivering quality health care.”

MacKay works on the BBC medical/surgical/oncology unit and was nominated by a patient who said “Michael’s sense of humor made the hospital stay more pleasant.”

Two additional letters from family members accompanied the following note from another patient who wrote of MacKay, “We felt so blessed to have you be the assigned nurse at the time of our loved one’s death.  Your kind, gentle, compassionate manner helped beyond what words can express.” 

Each quarter, a nurse is selected by Bronson Battle Creek’s Nursing Practice Coordinating Council to receive The DAISY Award.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an ‘extraordinary nurse.’ 

“Bronson Battle Creek is proud to be among the hospitals participating in The DAISY Award program,” said Susan Watson MSN, RN, NE-BC, chief nursing officer at Bronson Battle Creek.  “It’s extremely important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.  Our nurses are heroes every day.” 

About the DAISY Foundation
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease.  The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Bronson Battle Creek are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system.  Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for nursing research and evidence-based practice projects, and provides assistance to ITP support groups.  More information is available on their website

About Bronson Battle Creek
With 228 licensed beds, Bronson Battle Creek provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in acute care and behavioral health; all inpatient rooms are private.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include robotic surgery, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- 64-slice) and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.

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