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Lee Ann Flinn, RN, receives Daisy award for extraordinary nurses


Lee Ann Flinn, registered nurse (RN) at CHI Memorial, recently received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Flinn was nominated by a patient who says Flinn provided hope during a difficult time.

“You wiped my tears, you held my face and looked me straight in the eyes and assured me that you were going to help me fast and I was going to be ok. Suddenly, I felt like my mom and God had went to work together and he knew just who to send. It was the first sense of peace I had felt since waking up from surgery. The first time I didn’t feel alone. The first time I felt hope… I know that being a nurse is often a thankless job and easily one of the hardest jobs in the world. But, you are one of the gifted ones. You were chosen by God to fulfill this destiny and you do it while shining his light. You do your job like you do life, with a contagious spirit full of love and without [judgment]. You stand as an example to all of us.”

- Patient who nominated Lee Ann Flinn for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Flinn has worked as a registered nurse at CHI Memorial since January 2001. She currently works in Unit 3 at CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson.

CHI Memorial is pleased to partner with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary difference nurses make in the lives of patients and co-workers. Nurses are chosen each month to receive this wonderful award that honors compassionate care.

At a presentation attended by the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, leaders and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending which reads, "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, a daisy bouquet, and a copy of her/his nomination letter. The honoree's nursing unit receives a cinnamon doughnut party because it takes a team for a nurse to achieve his/her best. Tasty Doughnuts generously donates the treats for this worthy cause.

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit