Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Emergency Department Nurse Earns DAISY Award

Registered nurse Kimberly Stewart from Blount Memorial Hospital’s emergency department is the hospital’s second recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®.

In addition to the award, she was presented a Healers Sculpture, a DAISY pin and a certificate commending her as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” Stewart was nominated by one of her patients for the level of compassionate care she provided.

“I came into the hospital on Feb. 9 due to what I thought was gout. After several tests and observation, it turned out the situation was a little worse,” the patient wrote in Stewart’s nomination. “I was alone, scared and left wondering what was happening to me. Enter Kimberly, just coming on shift. A full load of patients, she immediately stopped what she was doing and told me it was going to be okay; I was not alone, and we were going to figure out together what was going on. She checked in on me constantly and made the situation as comfortable as she could. I watched her all night treating every other patient the exact same. She is by far the example of someone who loves their job and wants to help others."

Stewart became the second nurse to sign the hospital’s DAISY honoree banner after the hospital partnered with The DAISY Foundation™ in 2020 to acknowledge the extraordinary and compassionate care nurses provide. The DAISY honoree banner hangs in the SICU on the hospital’s second floor.

“Kimberly’s caring attitude and selfless service to our community truly represent our nursing profession at its finest,” said Blount Memorial chief nursing officer Joe Newsome. “This story highlights just one of countless caring moments that happen every day. We are blessed to have Kimberly as a member of our care family,” he added.

Blount Memorial’s association with The DAISY Foundation™ gives patients, family members, co-workers, visitors and colleagues the opportunity to nominate a nurse for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care he or she provides. Award recipients are chosen by a committee at Blount Memorial to receive The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. Awards are presented throughout the year.

DAISY Award nomination forms are available throughout the hospital and on the hospital’s website at

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

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