Two Bronson Battle Creek nurses are recent recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Tim Wheeler, RN, and Brenda Young, RN, each received a DAISY Award for providing outstanding patient care during the second half of 2014.  Nurses are nominated for the DAISY awards by patients, family members and colleagues.


DAISY Award recipient Brenda Young, RN, and Erin Wirtz, BSN, RN

Young, a nurse from the Critical Care Unit, was nominated by a fellow Bronson Battle Creek nurse who also had a family member in Young’s care. “Brenda Young is truly a blessing and an asset to our hospital. She treated my grandmother with such kindness, compassion and respect,” says the fellow nurse. Young is recognized for her ability to clearly communicate with patients and families during their care at Bronson Battle Creek. She makes a point to dedicate time to them regardless of how busy she is. “She is a role model to every nurse that enters the critical care unit and to myself,” says the nominator.

Marge Brehmer, RN, along with DAISY Award recipient Tim Wheeler, RN

Wheeler, a nurse at Bronson Battle Creek Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, has received the DAISY Award for his ability to connect with his patients and address the whole person. Wheeler works diligently to resolve patients’ problems and improve their quality of life. “Tim was able to bring a full sense of joy to the bedside,” says a patient. Wheeler is known to always brighten the patient’s day. “He is a great part of a good healthcare system,” says one of Wheeler’s co-workers.

To nominate a nurse go to and fill out the DAISY Award form.


The DAISY Award is supported by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes created this foundation and award as a way to remember their son, J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick had a disease that attacked his body and was in the hospital for a long time. His nurses did such a great job with him that the Barnes family created an award that continues to recognize the excellent work nurses do every day.