Infection Prevention Nurse Kim Greenwald Receives DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award!

January 5, 2024

We are pleased to honor our most recent recipient of the DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award, Kimberley Greenwald, MSN, RN, CIC, Infection Control Preventionist at Pine Rest!

The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize nurses who have devoted their life’s work (at least 25+ years) to the compassionate care of others. Kim has truly dedicated her career to caring for patients and staff here at Pine Rest and preventing the spread of infection and disease to some of our most vulnerable patients.

In their nominations for this award, many of Kim’s coworkers shared what they value most about her role at Pine Rest:

“Kim’s expertise in Infection Prevention was invaluable as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. Her sense of humor coupled with her commitment to the highest standards made a tremendous difference and helped us be successful.” — Harmony Gould, Vice President of Hospital & Residential Services.

“Kim has had a tremendous impact on the health and safety of our 60,000+ patients and 2,000+ staff members. Her world-class knowledge became life changing during the pandemic … and allowed us to keep our doors open. Kim’s advocacy and leadership in helping Pine Rest establish one of only two COVID Positive Acute Psychiatric Inpatient facilities in the State of Michigan was so impactful.” — Bob Nykamp, Vice President & COO.

“I truly believe we made it through the pandemic as well as we did because of Kim’s leadership and expertise in Infection Prevention.” — Jessica Kross, Director of Quality, Hospital & Residential Services.

“Kim’s scientific and evidence-based mindset and approach was essential in keeping our patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.” — Dr. Bibhas Singla, Medical Director of Hospital & Residential Services.

“Kim has been an amazing mentor. She has shown unwavering support by providing guidance day or night.” — Amanda Horton, Infection Control Prevention.

“Kim’s relentless surveillance, data collection and attention to detail are unmatched. Pine Rest is a better, safer organization because of this.” — Katie Brown, Director of Nursing, Hospital & Residential Services.

“I will always be grateful that Kim was part of our COVID-19 response team, and I was privileged to serve with her.” — Mark Eastburg, President & CEO

“Kim faces challenges with ingenuity, creativity and humor. I have learned so much from Kim and enjoy working with her. Thank you, Kim, for your commitment to excellence.” — Gretchen Johnson, Chief Nurse Executive.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem and was started by Tena Barnes, whose husband Patrick passed away from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. She wanted an award that could be given to honor the extraordinary care and compassion that nurses give their patients. The DAISY Award is recognized and given in over 1,700 U.S. healthcare facilities across all 50 states and 11 other countries.

To view other DAISY award recipients or to nominate an extraordinary Pine Rest nurse, visit the DAISY Nomination section of our website.

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