McLaren Bay Region Announces Recipients of the Carleen K. Moore Nursing Excellence Award

BAY CITY, MICH – McLaren Bay Region is pleased to announce two members of their team as recipients of the Carleen K. Moore Nursing Excellence Award. Joyce Hardy, newly retired Manager of the Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic, as well as Jennifer Sajdak, RN on McLaren Bay Region's 4 East, were surprised this week by Judith Ruland, Dean of SVSU’s Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services and Andrea Frederick, an Associate Professor of Nursing at SVSU.

Each year, deserving recipients throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region are awarded this honor. This award is possible due to the generous support of Terry Moore and his wife Carleen K. Moore, RN, who believe in the importance of recognizing and encouraging nurses who demonstrate excellence in their field, as well as promoting the reputation of the SVSU Nursing Program.

The SVSU Nursing Program admits 96 undergraduate students twice a year in addition to over 150 students enrolled in their RN to BSN program, over 100 graduate nursing students, and 50 doctoral nursing students.

“This is the 11th year we are able to honor these deserving nurses thanks to the generous funding by Terry and Carleen Moore. We feel it is essential, especially during this time, for nurses to know how much they really matter,” said Ruland.

“I don’t really feel like I deserve this award, because it’s been such a fun job,” said newly retired Hardy. “Without all of my team, it wouldn’t be happening.” Hardy has dedicated the last 17 years of her 60-year career to providing health care to the uninsured and underinsured as the Manager of the Helen M. Nickless Volunteer Clinic. She describes how rewarding it feels to be able to help patients at the clinic who may not have otherwise sought or received health care services. Joyce says, “most of the clinic patients are just regular working residents who fall somewhere in the middle of not being eligible for health care assistance, but don’t make enough to purchase private insurance.”

“Receiving this award is very unexpected, and it means the world to me,” said Sajdak, a registered nurse at McLaren Bay Region. “I appreciate everybody that I work with. I really couldn’t do my job the way I do without my team. I just love working for McLaren.” There are a number of reasons why Sajdak was nominated, but one very special reason stands out from the nomination, “In March of 2020 when we were notified of our first COVID-19 positive patient, a nurse with young children at home was assigned to the patient. Without being asked, Jennifer volunteered to take the patient to decrease the nurses’ concerns for their family.”

This year, recipients were surprised at their places of work, rather than being presented during a celebration luncheon. “It’s been great to see this award presented with their whole team around them,” said Monica Baranski, Chief Nursing Officer at McLaren Bay Region. “We are so proud of our entire nursing staff. It’s wonderful to see them honored in this special way.”