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Sonny Cruz, RN, Receives DAISY Award
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Names Associate For Extraordinary Nursing National Honor

White Lake Township Resident Sonny Cruz, RN, Receives DAISY Award
Recognizing Compassion, Service and Excellence

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has named Sonny Cruz, RN, as the January 2012 recipient of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.  Cruz, who works in the Clinical Decision Unit, was recognized for his clinical skills, compassionate care, exemplary service and extraordinary commitment to patient-centered care.

“Sonny is an excellent nurse who always puts in 100 percent when caring for his patients,” said Ann McDonald-Upton, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.  “He is an asset to the hospital and his colleagues. This acknowledgement is the perfect recognition for his continued commitment to excellence in patient care.”

This award is given monthly to outstanding nurses in more than 100 hospitals across the United States.  Each award recipient receives a DAISY Award signature lapel pin, a certificate of recognition and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”

The DAISY Award is a program of the DAISY Foundation.  DAISY is an acronym that stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura at age 33.  The DAISY Foundation funds research to help fight diseases of the immune system and supports patients and their families.

Cruz has been an associate at SJMO since 1997 and resides in White Lake Township, Mich.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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