Dawn Bender earns KHC's 9th annual DAISY Award

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics CEO Kevin Kincaid (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Jan Meyers (right) present the 9th annual DAISY Award to Dawn Bender, RN (middle). 

Dawn Bender, a Registered Nurse in the Med Surg Department at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, was recognized with the organization’s ninth annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses during a ceremony held as part of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics’ Hospital Week presented by Marion County Bank.

The DAISY Award recognizes an individual’s dedication to the nursing profession, patients and their family members. The award was founded in 1999 in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from complications of ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura), thus giving name to award “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” DAISY.

Bender has been employed at KHC for four years. In their nominations, patients cited Bender for her caring spirit, expertise and professionalism.

“It made me happy to tell people that the hospital in my hometown has a quality and skilled nurse like Dawn,” reads one patient nomination. “I was a nurse for several years, and I probably look at patient care differently than someone who has not been a nurse. I was in isolation because of my condition. Dawn calmed my fears by talking with me and teaching me about my disease process. She called my family to update them about my condition. Everything was handled so professionally, and the care I received goes beyond words on paper.”

Each year, the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Operations Team selects a DAISY Award winner from nominations submitted throughout the year. Previous KHC Daisy Award winners include Cheryl James, Holly Shinn, Kellie Jones, Elizabeth Hembrook, Leah Sims, Rachel Davis and Deb Leffler

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