Annette Beekman Receives Friends of Nursing Award

Beekman, December 2016The December 2016 Friends of Nursing Award winner is Annette Beekman, Polysomnographer at the Muskegon General campus Sleep Center. At the time of this nomination, Annette worked in the Cardiopulmonary Department.  She was nominated by Mary Carlson, RN, from the Service Excellence Department, on behalf of a former patient. 

The former patient writes:

“While I was in Mercy Hospital recovering from a stent implant to open a blocked artery, I received a call informing me that my oldest sister had passed away earlier in the day.  My pastor was visiting me at the time and was a real comfort to me.  Later, in the evening when my visitors were gone and I was alone, the whole day came crashing down on me.  Not wanting to cause my wife worry, I called a friend just to talk.  While I was talking to him, a young lade came in to take an EKG. 

“I hung up the phone, and she said, ‘Are you OK?’  I couldn’t hold back my emotions and told her what was going on.  She leaned over the bed and hugged me and said, ‘Can I pray for you?’ She looked like an angel as she, with tears in her eyes, prayed on my behalf to our Father.  I told her she was my angel of mercy at Mercy Hospital. 

“As she finished her task and was about to leave, once again she gave me a hug, kissed my forehead, and said good night.  I found a special peace and wondered if the EKG was the real reason she was sent to my room.  I will never forget the blessing she brought to me that difficult evening.”

Annette was honored with a surprise ceremony in the Sleep Center among her leaders and peers.  To nominate a well deserving Mercy Health colleague, please complete the Friends of Nursing nomination form.




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