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Sharma Carter, RN, receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses


Sharma Carter, registered nurse (RN) at CHI Memorial, recently received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Carter was nominated by a patient’s family who appreciated the care and compassion she showed. “She cares so much about the patient’s comfort. She answers questions for the family and makes you feel so much better when things are not so hopeful. I think the one thing (if I have to say only one) that was impressive was that instead of turning on the lights, she wore a headlamp! I thought that was so kind... Thank you, I will never forget the kindness and love and blessings you bestowed upon both my daddy and me.”

Carter works on the sixth floor of the Guerry Heart and Vascular Center at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.

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